2018 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest – Winners

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NISOD is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Student Essay Contest! The winning students, as well as the featured faculty, receive $1,000 and a complimentary registration to the NISOD’s 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas, May 26-29, among other prizes. The winning student essays will also be published on Community College Week’s website. Additionally, each winning student author’s college will receive a complimentary 2018-2019 membership.

The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest is in honor of Scott Wright (July 27, 1964 ­- June 08, 2003), past editor of Community College Week and winner of the 1998 Award of Excellence in Higher Education Journalism. Wright’s reporting focused national attention on developmental education and the unique open access mission of community colleges. 

Congratulations to our student winners and their faculty honorees! 

El Centro College

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by Andrea

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Andrea Montes

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Debby Sutton
Biology Professor

Dr. Jose Adams, President, El Centro College photo

Dr. Jose Adames

Portland Community College

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by Sofia

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Sofia Velasquez

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Teela Foxworth
Communication Studies Instructor

Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College

Dr. Mark Mitsui

Tallahassee Community College

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by Troy

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Troy Presley

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Forster Agama
English Professor

Jim Murdaugh, President, Tallahassee Community College photo

Dr. Jim Murdaugh