The awards ceremony for the Summer Reader Best Essay Contest will occur Tuesday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Media Room on the sixth floor of the ULM Library. President James Cofer will present the awards for the top three essays.
This contest was held in the fall in conjunction with the Summer Reading program. Freshman English students wrote essays based on the summer reading book "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder, focusing their essays on social justice, global-issues consciousness, and community service.
• First Place: Krystal Lynne Lee, a pre-toxicology major from West Allis, Wis. Her instructor was Angela Pinckard.
• 2nd Place: Connie Point, a history major from Pineville. Her instructor was Dr. Bob Holloway.
• 3rd Place: Ashley Elizabeth Stephens, a kinesiology freshman from Daphne, Ala. Her instructor was James Pettit.
Judges for the contest were Judy Bennett, Rick Capezza and Allison Loftin.
The contest also worked in partnership with a University of Louisiana System Learn and Serve service-learning grant awarded to the university, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Chris Harris, assistant professor of English, and Barbara Michaelides, director of University Retention. The English 101 essays addressed the academic, learning side, while students in the Freshman Year Seminars conducted a community service project that raised over $5,000 for the Red Cross, in the spirit of hurricane relief.