The judges have made their decisions, and 15 students have been recognized for their editing skills.
The Shapiro Essay Contest is held annually by the Department of English Language and Literature and provides students an opportunity to win cash prizes for revising a poorly written essay.
This year, there were 132 participants from all ranks and departments, according to Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris, associate lecturer of English and the contest director.
The student winners are:
• Bradley Sommer, senior history major, $500;
• Zachary Dietrich, senior mathematics major, $400;
• Zachary Feit, sophomore exercise science major, $300;
• Anthony Mecurio, sophomore education major, $200;
• Audrey Miklovic, sophomore nursing major, $100;
• Jeanette Beerbower, freshman English major, $75;
• Devin Brown, junior nursing major, $75;
• Eric DiBell, freshman undecided, $75;
• Neil Duris, junior humanities major, $75;
• Lucas Jones, freshman mechanical engineering major, $75;
• Lauka Mackenzie, junior marketing major, $75;
• Zachary Reaver, senior bioengineering and biochemistry major, $75;
• Joshua Staffeld, sophomore pharmacy major, $75;
• Morrison Wilson, junior English major, $75 and
• Nicholas Mecurio, sophomore accounting major, $75.
“This contest is not only an exercise in healthy intellectual competition, but thanks to the late Dr. Edward Shapiro’s generosity, students can win money that helps them pay for books, fees and tuition,” Coulter-Harris said.
Coulter-Harris said she wanted to thank all English Department faculty who made the contest possible, including judges Dr. William Free, Dr. Eliott Adams, Michael Hiser, Sara Yaklin, Paul Conner, Dr. Rosemary Kurek and Suzanne Smith.
She also expressed her appreciation for monitors Sean Burres, Elizabeth Anderson, Dr. Stephanie Anderson-Quinn, Sarah Abts, Teresa Boyer, Robert Beckwith, Aubrey Crosby and Linda Panczner.