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Winners announced for 2017 Shapiro Essay Revision Contest

On its 28th anniversary, the participants of the 2017 Shapiro Essay Revision Contest went head to head for one of the 15 cash prizes.

“Over the past 10 years, the participation in this contest has grown from 100 students to 200 participants with an increase in contestants every year,” said Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris, senior lecturer in the UT Department of English Language and Literature, and director of the contest for the 10th year.

This year, the winners are:

• Celine Schreidah, sophomore biochemistry major, $500;

• Judy Daboul, senior biology major, $400;

• Isabel Abu-Absi, sophomore global studies major, $300;

• Dustin Johnson, senior chemical engineering major, $200;

• Colleen Anderson, junior paralegal studies major, $100;

• Logan Brooker, freshman pharmacy major, $75;

• Amy Beerbower, freshman nursing major, $75;

• Patrick Dillon, freshman finance major, $75;

• Allison Fair, sophomore adolescent young education major, $75;

• Matthew Goldman, junior film/video major, $75;

• Riley Goodell, freshman mechanical engineering major, $75;

• Jenna Lykins, senior bioengineering major, $75;

• David Morris, freshman exercise science major, $75;

• Jacob Watson, freshman civil engineering major, $75; and

• Philip Zaborowski, junior English major, $75.

Winners of the competition will be invited to attend the Shapiro Festival gala in April.

“Dr. Sara Lundquist, Dr. Anthony Edgington, and I are so heartened and pleased that so many students who entered the contest represented a great variety of academic disciplines and departments across campus,” Coulter-Harris said. “Accurate, strong, creative and analytic writing is at the forefront of all academic research and expression.”

Lundquist is associate professor and chair of English, and Edgington is associate professor of English and director of the Composition Program.

Named after Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor emeritus of economics, the Shapiro Essay Revision contest seeks to recognize students for the craft of good writing. Prize money from the contest helps to defer the cost of tuition, fees and books for UT students.