Kim Brisbois, Eric Trent, Josie Padgett, and Devyn Turner are this year’s winners of Peninsula College’s Outstanding English Essay Award. The four will be presented with their awards at the college’s Thursday, June 11, Board of Trustees meeting.
The awards, now in their fifth year, are given annually as recognition for excellent academic writing by Peninsula College students. Each year, the PC English division nominates and votes for the best essays written in English classes during the academic year. The submissions must be essays, not poetry or fiction.
Kim Brisbois won the First Prize of $200 for her essay entitled “A Melting Pot Identity Crisis.” She wrote the essay in a class she took from instructor Kate Reavey. Brisbois recently returned to college after a nearly twenty year hiatus. She was raised in Spokane, where being one of a handful of adopted Asians in a predominantly Caucasian community spurred her interest and gave her personal insight into the topic of her research essay. Her essay briefly touches upon the broad and prevalent subject of our country's ever-growing, multi-cultural and transracial family unit and questions its relationship to individual identity and to our country’s own identity as a whole.
Eric Trent tied for second prize, winning $50 for his essay entitled “All Risk and No Reward.” He wrote his winning essay in a class he took from Kate Reavey and Matt Teorey. Trent is a freshman at Peninsula College. He is the News Editor for Peninsula College's student newspaper, The Buccaneer, and is an aspiring sportswriter, planning to transfer to Western Washington University.
Josie Padgett tied for second prize, winning $50 for her essay entitled “Recalibrating the Moral Compass.” She wrote her winning essay in a class she took from Dr. Helen Lovejoy. Padgett is originally from Alaska. She is passionate about animals’ rights, native species, and protecting the environment. She is planning to finish her welding degree next spring and then pursue a degree in wildlife biology.
Devyn Turner also tied for second prize, winning $50 for her essay entitled “Black Mesa Faces of Change.” She wrote her winning essay in a class she took from Kate Reavey and Matt Teorey. Turner grew up in Winslow, Arizona, living there for fourteen years before her family moved to Sequim five years ago. Devyn will be transferring to Northern Arizona University this fall and would like to thank the English Department of Peninsula College for the award and for the services that they provide for their students.
The award money for the Outstanding English Essay Awards comes from a special donation made to the Peninsula College Foundation for specific use with the English Essay Awards.
For more information, please contact Matt Teorey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 417-6269.