Peninsula College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 English Department Essay Awards.
Winning essays are selected annually by English faculty who may nominate up to three student papers. Student’s names are removed and the English department then discusses the essays and votes for the winners. This year the winning submissions are awarded $200 dollars and a certificate that is presented to them at the June Peninsula College Board of Trustees meeting.
Since 2011 donor Julie Teorey of Ann Arbor, MI has made an ongoing donation to the college to fund the award, which this year is matched by the Peninsula College Foundation for the purpose of awarding excellence in writing.
The winners, the categories, and their essay titles are as follows:
The Four Best Multi-strategy Essays:
- “Affordable Housing Crisis: Are You Ready for Tent Cities?” by Erin L. Moore, nominated by Kate Goschen
- “A Missive on Sitting Down” by Gabriel Mills, nominated by Kanyon Anderson
- “Getting Pulled Over in a Small Town” by Misty Pharr, nominated by Michele Scouten
- “On Cancer: Should The Term ‘Survivor’ Be Voted Off the Island?” by Harley E. Davidson, nominated by John Anderson
The Four Best Research Essays:
- Between Two Worlds” by Jerry, nominated by Janet Lucas
- For Better or for Worse” by Matthew Lee, nominated by Matt Teorey
- History of Hurt” by Ethan Gordash, nominated by Matt Teorey
- Out of the Shadows: Tattoos Leave their Mark on Mainstream America” by Derek, nominated by Janet Lucas
Erin Moore is currently pursuing a degree in Addiction Studies. She wants to become a counselor and mentor for at risk youth. Growing up as a homeless teen in Hawaii, she saw a need for outreach programs for young adults struggling with addiction or family addiction. Much of the homelessness in the United States is directly tied to dependence and mental health. Erin hopes to break the cycle and bring hope to families.
Harley Davidson is a first-year Peninsula College student. She is working on both an AA and an AS degree. She loves learning and discovery of all subjects, so her major plans remain undecided for now, but her current interests are linguistics, literature, astronomy, and psychology.
Ethan Gordash is currently taking courses at Peninsula College that relate to the field of computer science. He hopes to transfer to a four-year university after his time at Peninsula College to complete a degree in computer science. When he is not studying, he enjoys various outdoor activities such as keeping honey bees and gardening.
Matthew Lee is currently attending Peninsula online, pursuing his AA transfer degree. He hopes to transfer to Western Washington University in the fall in order to study Computer Science and currently resides in Bellingham.
Gabriel Mills is currently fulfilling requirements for his A.A. degree with hopes of pursing a degree in phychology in the future. “A Missive on Sitting Down” is the first writing project that he composed outside of personal writing.
Misty Pharr is attending PC to get her AA in science and eventually become a zoologist. “It has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. It's a bit daunting to go back to school at almost 40 years old, but as a single mom of four kids, I had to wait until they were a bit older to follow this dream. I'm so glad I never gave up.”
Derek is from Bellingham, Washington, but currently resides at Clallam Bay Correction Center. He is a leader, role model, and full-time student. He believes strongly in education as a transcending force, and he works tirelessly through the T.E.A.C.H. program to ensure that incarcerated men have the opportunity to learn, grow, and improve their lives. He would like to thank Peninsula College for the support and cooperation they have shown the T.E.A.C.H. program.
Jerry is 29 years old, has been in prison for over 11 years, and removed from any educational environment even longer. He writes, “Because of this I lacked the know how to read and write above a fourth grade level. Now, because of T.E.A.C.H., Peninsula College, and amazing teachers like Mrs. Janet Lucas, I possess the knowledge and skills required to receive this award. In reality, while I may be the recipient of this award, they’re the ones who deserve the credit.”
For more information contact Michael Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.