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COMPOSITION CONTEST

Each academic year, the Freshman Composition Program within the USA English Department hosts a best paper contest for all Composition I and II students. The essays below are the winners and honorable mentions. Recipients receive a cash award, a certificate of honor, and a banquet is held to reward them for their exemplary essays. All submissions are assessed by the Freshman English Committee, based on USA’s “Shared Criteria for Evaluating Writing” (see p. 639FF of LB Brief With Resources for Composition at the University of South Alabama, 4th ed.).

Here is a copy of our 2013-2014 Contest Release Form for Students.


2013-2014 winners

EH 101 winner:
Aime Taylor - "The Little Zoo That Shouldn't"

EH 101 runner-up:
Sophia Andretta - "University of South Alabama's Pool"

EH 102 winner:
Madison Tuttle - "A Proposal to Revise..."

EH 102 runner-up:
Corin Mascorro - "Complementary and Alternative Medicine"


2012-2013 winners

EH 101 winner:
Anna Greco - "The Real Pirates"

EH 101 runner-up:
Nemo Huynh - "No Pirates in Utopia"

EH 102 winner:
Rebecca Laughlin - "The Bionic Eye: Sight Renewed"

EH 102 runner-up:
Michael Marfice - "Road to Economic Recovery"


2011-2012 winners

EH 101 winner (tie score):
Keith Gervais - "Shooting Guilt"

EH 101 winner (tie score):
Jesse Lee - "The Adventures of Batman and the Evil Public Library"

EH 102 winner:
Allison Lord - "Online Public Speaking: An Oxymoron?"

EH 102 runner-up:
Cecelia Stewart - "A Whale of an Issue"


2010-2011 winners

EH 101 winner:
Bianca Jester - "Crabbing"

EH 101 runner-up:
Samantha Arbutina - "Bittersweet Symphony"

EH 101 runner-up:
Rachael Safley - "The Phoenix"

EH 102 winner:
Andi Sowers - "The New Three Day Weekend"


2009-2010 winners

EH 101 winner:
Jaqueline Parks - "Battling Gender Misconceptions"

EH 101 runner-up:
Jonathan DeLuca - "A Battle for Food"

EH 102 winner:
Ryane Buck - "Revising the National Organ Transplant Act"

EH 102 runner-up:
John Michael Thibeault - "Where Are They Now?"


2008-2009 winners

EH 101 winner:
Sarah Suhr - "A Good Deed"

EH 101 runner-up:
Amanda Bolding - "A Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge"

EH 102 winner (tie score):
Cody Salter - "Unethixs: The Truth about Pharmaceutical Ethics"

EH 102 winner (tie score):
Melanie Lubitz - "Homosexuals: They're Americans Too, You Know"


2007-2008 winners

EH 101 winner:
Katie Bates - "Angle of Vision"

EH 101 runner-up:
Chris Donalson - "Homeowner Specialists"

EH 102 winner:
Vanessa Quintana - "The Need for Genetic Enhancement"

EH 102 runner-up:
Kimberly Miller - "A Look at the Reliability and Validity of the MBTI"



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