Three Peninsula College students were recently named winners of the PC English Department Essay Awards. Rose Elaine Alexander, Kristopher Gonyo, and Eric Ernst will receive their awards at the June 13 Board of Trustees meeting at the college’s Cornaby Center.
Alexander’s narrative essay entitled “Motivation and Manipulation: Iago as the Central Character in Shakespeare’s Othello,” won “Best Literary Analysis.” She is currently working towards her high school diploma and AA degree at PAHS and PC. She enjoys writing, but eventually may do something involving music as she plays the violin, viola, and pipe organ.
Kristopher Gonyo won “Best Narrative Essay” for: “Musings on Literacy and Homelessness: Reading One’s Way Back into Self-esteem.” Gonyo is a student in the Computer Security program at Peninsula College.
“I am passionate about computer technology and how we interact with it,” he said. “I also enjoy researching computer vulnerabilities and packet analysis.” Gonyo will graduate in 2018, and will pursue a career in the Information Security field.
Eric N. Ernst won “Best Traditional Research Essay” for: “America’s Healthcare Debate and Universal Healthcare.”
Ernst is pursuing an AA degree, with plans to pursue a career in art or writing, or both. “While I must admit that my passion is art, specifically drawing and cartooning, I’ve always had an interest in writing and my English classes,” he said. “I like to foster and improve upon both my drawing and writing ability whenever possible.”
This year’s winners were awarded $200. The annual prize is made possible by a private gift to the Peninsula College foundation designed specifically to support encouragement for student writers.
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