Student Essay Contest Winners
Pictured here from left to right: Reynolds Development Director Marianne McGhee with contest winners Zachary Fendley - Teacher Prep (Award: Honorable Mention), Angelo Olayvar - ESL Graduate & Social Sciences (3rd Place Winner), Ivona Biondic - Middle College Graduate & Nursing (2nd Place Winner), Taylor Jennings - Nursing (1st Place Winner), and Savannah Gornik - Human Services (Honorable Mention).
Reynolds Student Essay Contest winners were honored at a reception Friday, April 20 on the Parham Road campus. About 30 people attended which included the winners' family members, teachers and program heads.
The Student Essay Contest is sponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Council. For the contest, students were given their choice of three topics: What Reynolds Means to Me, Why I came to Reynolds, or How Reynolds will Shape my Future. The winning essays were chosen from more than 45 contest entries. Coincidentally, winners chose to write about what Reynolds meant to them, however their essays had elements of all three topics.
ESL Program Coordinator, Laurie Weinberg who headed up the contest, had this to say: The Student Essay Contest has been going on for some time, but after a brief hiatus of a few years, it took off in earnest about five years ago. The stories that students share about their life experiences and how Reynolds has made a difference in their lives never fails to bring tears to the audience’s eyes. We have been fortunate over the recent years of the contest to attract students from a variety of disciplines at the college. This year we held the reception in the renovated Georgiadis Hall lobby with Dr. Rhodes making welcoming remarks and Marianne McGhee providing closing remarks. The cash prizes are provided by the college Foundation Office.