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Students recognized for outstanding writing

Published June 2017

NDSU students have a variety opportunities to improve their writing skills and receive recognition for their efforts, including the recent W-Challenge competition.

Outstanding undergraduate student writers were recognized May 1 as the top finishers in the competition, which received 120 submissions in the following categories: academic, creative, professional and writing in foreign language. Winners received prizes worth up to $200.

“The many submissions from students across the university show the amount and breadth of writing that our undergraduate students do,” said Lisa Arnold, assistant professor of English and director of First-Year Writing. “NDSU students are proud of their writing, as they should be. The competition helps promote that writing is an important tool, while also recognizing and rewarding students for the writing they do in and out of their classes.”

Award recipients and their writing projects included:

Professional writing
• First place: Jess Wiesenborn, a junior computer science major from Fargo, for “Letter: Confusion Between Pink and Red Tags”
• Second place: Benjamin Norman, a senior majoring in English education from Barnesville, Minnesota, for “Press Release: NDSU Newspaper Wins Accolades at International Conference”
• Third place: Austin Breuer, a sophomore majoring in chemistry from Carver, Minnesota, for “Letter: Dear Sanford Health Hiring Committee”
• Honorable mention: Kali Christianson, Lindsay Campbell, Amie Northagen and Melissa Fritz for “Rural Leadership North Dakota Alumni Association: 2017 Campaign Proposal”

Foreign Language – French
• First place: Alexandra O’Reilly, a freshman majoring in political science and international studies from West St. Paul, Minnesota, for “Redaction: Les Voyages”
• Honorable mention: Rachel Middlestead, a sophomore civil engineering major from Roseville, Minnesota, for “La famille”

Foreign Language – Spanish
• First place: Davide Neff, a senior Spanish major from Bismarck, North Dakota, for “La traduccion literaria de espanol al ingles: custiones, problemas y soluciones”
• Second place: Patrick Pochant, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering and Spanish from Washburn, North Dakota, for “A traves del tiempo: el cuento del curanderismo”

Foreign Language – Swedish
• First place: Tara Smart, a freshman majoring in French from Glenview, Illinois, for “Berattelson från Skogen”

Foreign Language – English
• First place: Linh Tran, a freshman dietetics major from Vietnam, for “A Beauty Mark
• Second place: Jasmin Kaempfer, a sophomore who is majoring in marketing from Germany, for “Behind the Wall of Glass
• Third place: Esperance Mulonda, a sophomore biological sciences major from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for “My Dear Little Sister

Creative writing
• First place: Lindsey Pouliot, a sophomore majoring in English from Beulah, North Dakota, for “Antigone: That Nasty Woman”
• Second place: Norman for “My Others’ Keeper”
• Third place: Jenna Murphy, a senior majoring in English from Carrington, North Dakota, for “Footsteps”
• Honorable mention: Griffin Birmingham, a freshman majoring in English and computer science, for “My Boy Sister”
• Honorable mention: Olivia Vogt, a senior majoring in strategic communication from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, for “Anxiety: A Moment After the First Day of Classes”

Academic writing
• First place: Andrew Wolf, a senior majoring in philosophy and English, from Bismarck, North Dakota, for “Give Ear to this, Job: How Elihu Privileges Consequentialism Over Retributivism in the Book of Job”
• Second place: Annise Montplaisir, a senior majoring in management communication and international studies, from Moorhead, Minnesota, for “Examination of the Successful Attributes of the Saratoga Special”
• Third place: Kirbie Sondreal, a junior majoring in public history and history from Reynolds, North Dakota, for Remembrance and Reparation: The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial”
• Honorable mention: Paige Alexander, a junior strategic communication major from Esmond, North Dakota, for “Proposal”

Competition sponsors included the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Health Professions; College of Human Development and Education; Division of Student Affairs; Office of Teaching and Learning; NDSU Libraries; Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science; Department of Communication; Department of English; Department of History, Philosophy and Religion; Department of Modern Languages; Department of Sociology and Anthropology; and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

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