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Students recognized at Shapiro writing contest gala

Top winners of the Shapiro Writing Contest and Shapiro Revision Contest from all academic disciplines were honored at the recent Shapiro Writing Contest gala.

There were 57 winners out of nearly 200 entries, and the top two winners of each Shapiro Writing Contest category were invited to the gala. Each winner received a certificate and prize money deposited into their student account.

“The submissions this year were truly impressive in their level of critical thinking as well as their academic and aesthetic value. I think for all of us who teach in the English Department, it is very rewarding to be able to recognize our students for the good work they do,” said Suzanne Smith, chair of the Shapiro writing contest committee.

There were 15 categories students could enter. Top winners in each category were:

Composition I Non-Research
Donna Provolish
Rebekah Stevens

Composition I Research
Tayler Reese
Alyssa Schad

Composition I Common Read Non-Research
Tyler Cordell
Morgan Romaker

Composition I Common Read Research
Jasmine Hoskins
Tyler Cordell

Composition II Non-Research
Nabeelah Shaheen
Paul Miller

Composition II Research

Melody Beerbower
Luke Skrowronek

Professional and Technical Writing
Yasmina Ahmad
Zachary Matzinger

Undergraduate English as a Second Language

Julie Schmidt
Mahdya Aldahnim

2000-Level Undergrad Literature
Kayleigh O’Shea

2000- to 4000-Level Writing and Linguistics

Erin Bruggeman
Katherine V. Davis

Poetry

Zainab Hussein
Alison Mejias Santoro

Prose
Samantha Rhodes
Tyler Shipley

3000- to 4000-Level Undergraduate Literature
Katherine V. Davis
Melody Flick

Honors Thesis

Melissa Gressman
LaVelle Ridley

Graduate Language and Literature

Patrick T. Cook
Rebekah M. Phillips

A full list of winners can be found here.

In addition to these winners, the English Department scholarship winners, the Outstanding Student in English Award winner, the Richard M. Summers Graduate Essay prize winner, and the top five winners of the Shapiro Revision Contest were recognized at the gala.

The awards are possible thanks to an endowment by Dr. Edward Shapiro, UT professor emeritus of economics. Shapiro had a love for writing and donated the funds used for the contests to reward and recognize UT students for their good writing.