2016 WCI Writing Contest Winners and Finalists


For those of us who were in attendance at the at the 2016 WCI Writing Contest Ceremony, the experience of listening to the three winners read their powerful essays was nothing less than amazing. The afternoon began with WCI Lecturer and contest organizer, Amanda Giracca (pictured above), explaining just how much time each student spent writing and revising their essays. All of this hard work was evident when each of the three students read their essays. The poise shown by Ashley May, Kendra Baxter, and Scarlet Brown, as they read their works aloud, was nothing short of awe-inspiring--and the WCI faculty and the University at Albany could not be any more proud.  

Special thanks should be given to Amanda Giracca and her colleagues in the WCI program for all of their hard work in putting the event together. Additionally, we thank everyone involved at the University at Albany for helping to support the event. It was truly a moment that showcases how writing is a communal event that can bring people together. 

Take a moment and read some of these amazing essays by our students at the University at Albany. 


PERSONAL ESSAY

Winner:

“Goodbye Blue Sky” by Ashley May

(Ashley May captivates the audience with her powerful essay, "Goodbye Blue Sky.")

Finalists:

“Under the Sea” by Frankie VanCise
“Flounder or Fluke” by Brenna Croker

Honorable Mentions:

“Iron Lung” by John Lifrieri
“La brebis galeuse” by Michelle Raissa Kobou Wafo
“With Every Moment” by Giulia Balentine

 


ANALYSIS

Winner:

“Modern Day Factories” by Kendra Baxter

Finalists:

“Escape: An Analysis of Poverty in Identity” by Allix Coon
“Three Generations, One Cookbook, One DNA: Reflection of the past in Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You” by Mercy Adewale

Honorable Mentions:

“Liberal Education and the Masses” by Nate Clark
“Physiological, Social, and Economic Influences on Fast Food Consumption” by Audrey Caplan
“An Analytical Approach to ‘The Challenges of Cultural Relativism’” by Kelsey Auman

 


ARGUMENT/CONVERSATION

Winner:

“Obscene Kayaks and Violent Pornography: Censorship in Japan” by Scarlet Brown

Finalists:

“Black Women: Conforming or Redefining?” by Niara Morrison
“Demolishing Racial Discrimination” by Kelsey Luke

Honorable Mentions:

“Control, Obsession, and Possession: Relationships in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’” by Josephine Crouch
“The Extinguishment of the Test-only Policy” by Edith Cofie
“The Subtle Ways the Media Influences Public Perception of Black Men” by Briah' Davis