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WRD Awards 2014

On April 14th, 2014 students and faculty from UK A&S WRD gathered in the Hilary J. Boone Center to recognize the award winners of the Kelly Feinberg Memorial Essay Contest; Outstanding TA and instructor; Outstanding Writing Center Peer Tutors & Award-Winning Essays and Digital Projects.

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Kelly Feinberg memorial Essay Contest - In May 2010, UK lost one of its most dedicated and inspiring writing instructors, Kelly Feinberg, to breast cancer. The Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media honors her with a call to UK undergraduates for personal essays exemplifying the qualities that Kelly embodied as a writer and teacher. The subject matter of these essays matters less than the substance of the ideas therein. Writers can highlight an injustice, issue a call to action, find big meaning in small things, or reflect on a personal struggle. The voice-driven personal narratives of the “This I Believe” series ( and the Moth Radio Hour ( provide good examples. The essay can be something written earlier or for a class or can be something written specifically for the contest.

Outstanding TA and instructor – Each was selected based on a nominating letter and a review of their teaching portfolio (containing a philosophy of teaching statement, representative examples of assignments, and evidence of effective teaching.

Outstanding Writing Center Peer Tutors – selected based on their outstanding work with students.

Award-Winning Essays and Digital Projects – Instructors in WRD courses submit their students’ essays and digital projects. They may be individual or group essays/projects. Students may also self-nominate. The outstanding essays and projects are selected by the Director of Composition, WPA Intern, and mentors. The students are awarded a cash prize and certificate.

Kelly Feinberg Memorial Essay Contest
First-place Winner
Lizzy Southard for Greater Than the Sum of My Parts

Honorable Mention
Jean Thomas for Fallen Pillar

Honorable Mention
Roberto Rivera for Dreamer Living the Dream: An American Struggle

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Amy Anderson

Outstanding Instructor Award
John Barbour

Outstanding Writing Center Peer Tutors
Marissa Elko
Chia Hong

Award-Winning Essays
First-place Winner
Jean Thomas for Fallen Pillar

Instructor – Lisa Shroot

Second-place Winner
Logan Borzotra for Social Television
Instructor – Jessica Evans

Honorable Mention
Aeesha Ranavaya for Medical Commercialization: Conflict of Place & Profession
Instructor – Dax Jennings

Honorable Mention
Tyler S. Hill for Stalingrad, Not Volgograd: A Man, A City, A Nation's Soul
Instructor – Dax Jennings

Honorable Recognition
Kelsey N. Potter for I'm Not Asian: A Heritage Odyssey
Instructor—Steve Alvarez

Honorable Recognition
Rachael LaMastus for The Pentagon: Evolution of Rhetoric Surrounding Homosexuals in the Military
Instructor—Dax Jennings

Honorable Recognition: Group Essay
Meredith A. Bickett, Maggie Bourne, Rachel LaMastus, Aeesha Ranavaya, and Austin Sprinkles for Education: The Impact of the Societal Gender Gap
Instructor—Dax Jennings

Award-Winning Digital Projects
First-place Winner: Group Project
Francis LaRosa III, Kathrine Donnowitz, Gordon South Whitt, Vincent Gouge and Holly Kramer for Cystic Fibrosis: Need for a Cure
Instructor – Mark Wood

Second-place Winner: Group Project
Anthony Haggard, Boone Proffitt, and Nicholas Thornberry for Green Amidst the Gray
Instructor – Mark Wood

Honorable Mention: Group Project
Hollie Coleman, Zachary Joseph, Anna Townsend, Justin Hill, and Grace Coy for The Faces of Music
Instructor – Mark Wood

Honorable Recognition
Ava ZhiJie Corwin for Public Service Announcement: Read A Book
Instructor – Wes DeShano