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Past Winners

Congratulations to all previous award recipients:


WRIT 105 winner: “We Are What We Are“, Natalie Angulo (Professor Meagan DeJong)

WRIT 106 winner: “Materialism and Virtue in a Profit Oriented Society“, Alexa Gallardo (Professor Gerrie Logan)

WRIT 106 winner: “The Negative Perceptions of Muslim Hijabi Women In the U.S.“, Doha Elsayed (Professor Giancaterino)


WRIT 100 winner: “Hire Me For Who I Am“, Curtis Watkins (Professor Catherine Keohane)

WRIT 105 winner: “Daily Double“, Mariah Zenobia Pogue (Professor Lauren Schmidt)

WRIT 106 winner: “Zombieland“, Nicole Marquez (Professors Melissa Adamo and Rick Reid)


WRIT 100 Winner: “Sports Stereotypes” by Shasa Rena Genas (Instructor: Catherine Keohane)

WRIT 105 Winner: “Refugees, Burden or Asset” by Sam Alhajari (Instructor: Julie Dalley)

WRIT106 Winner: “The Implausible American Dream” by Carla Iroldi (Instructor: Gerrie Logan)


WRIT 100 winner: “Self-Portrait,” Talia Nuesi (Professor Regina McNamara)

WRIT 106 winner: “Man Versus Writer: Exploring the Ways that Literature can Expose the Harmful Effects of Enhancement Technology,” Cassandra Sardo (Professor Tatum Petrich)


WRIT 100 winner: “The Power of a Word,” Charlotte Vangsnes (Professor Theresa Waters)

WRIT 105 winner: “Finding DREAMers’ ‘Equality of Recognition’,” Cassandra Zarina Calle (Professors Stacie McCormick & Wilson Santos)

WRIT 106 winner: “Culture Shock Leads to Identity Crisis: A Culture Study on Judith Ortiz Cofer,” Thalia Ramirez (Professor Christa Verem)

2011 – 2012 Recipients:

WRIT 100 winner: “Language and Identity,” Elizabeth Mejia (Professor Margaret McCrea McGlone)

WRIT 105 winner: “Student Debt,” Erin Candrilli (Professor Karla Greenleaf-Macewan)

WRIT 106 winner: “Paradox of Selfishness,” Jaqueline Granja (Professor Barbara Morris)

2010 – 2011 Recipients:

WRIT 100: Rakan AlSabah, “How Words Matter

WRIT 105: Melissa H. Najimian, “You Say You Want a Devolution?”

WRIT 106: Matthew Dougla Lock, “A Tale of Two Quests

2009 – 2010 Recipients:

WRIT 100 winner: Jade Moskovitz, “Establishing an Identity: Past, Present and Future

WRIT 105 winner: Maya Curry, “But Did We Have A Good Time? Examination of the Media Massacre of Michael Jackson” (documented essay)

WRIT 106 winner: Sarin Taslima Ahmed, “The Chivalrous Sir Gawain

Note: Maya Curry’s essay is unusual for a WRIT 105 documented essay because it is significantly longer and more in depth, reflecting Maya’s particular enthusiasm and dedication to her writing and topic.