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May 2, 2019

Three students take home cash prizes for exceptional work entered in the Writing Center-sponsored Hare & Bell Writing Contest.

L to R: Hyojin Angela Lim (accepting on behalf of Ana Hyo Young Lim), Kayla Cossins, Avery Gott

Spring became a little greener for three student writers who took home cash prizes in the 2019 Hare & Bell Writing Contest. Eight judges from multiple academic areas critiqued 58 submissions and awarded prizes to:

  • Ana Hyo Young Lim, first place and $500, for “Examining Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach Through Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics”
  • Kayla Cossins, second place and $300, for “Mask of Camille Claudel and Left Hand of Pierre de Wissant: A Symbol of Dominance”
  • Avery Gott, third place and $100, for “Corporate Colonization and the ‘Tech Hub’ as the ‘Nation State’”

Winning papers are published on ScholarSpace, one of the College’s databases of faculty and student research. Each winner also was recognized at the Cavalier Conference on Writing and Literature.

Winners’ circle of thought

“Writing is more than a class assignment. It’s a conversation with others that we ask our students to engage in only too briefly." — Kathryn Byrne

Kathryn Byrne, Professor and Director of JCCC’s Writing Center and contest coordinator, says she wants students to see that their writing has value and interest to an audience beyond the classroom.

Too often, students slave over a paper then turn it in, and the instructor returns it with a grade on it. That paper goes into a desk drawer or thumb drive or the trash and is never read again.

“Writing is more than a class assignment. It’s a conversation with others that we ask our students to engage in only too briefly,” Byrne said. “We look for style, voice, accuracy, intellectual engagement or the significance of what the author is trying to communicate, and higher-level thinking.”

Ana’s winning entry was written for an Honors Philosophy course. “I’ve always loved to write and this topic gave me a chance to really think deeper about ethics, question some topics and compare ways of thinking,” she said.

Second-prize winner Kayla noted she feels more comfortable expressing her ideas on paper rather than verbally, adding, “It’s nice to have writing go beyond myself and professors. I’m very honored.”

Winning means more than added cash in these students’ pockets. Avery, who placed third, said she wants others to see her work as valuable. “It’s very encouraging to be rewarded,” she said. “I hope this is a start to more meaningful work.”

Free writing help on campus

If one of your academic goals is to improve your writing, check out the Writing Center in LIB 308. The drop-in center provides free tutoring, assessments and grammar checks. You can even run your assignments through software that offers suggestions to improve your writing.