2021 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest – Winners

Student Essay Contest

NISOD is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Student Essay Contest! The winning students, as well as the featured faculty, staff, or administrator receive $1,000, and each winning student author’s college will receive a complimentary 2021-2022 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 honorees! 

Highline College

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by Farkhanda

Farkhanda Moin

Farkhanda Moin
Student

Christie Knighton

Christie Knighton
Faculty, English Language/Career and Academic Prep

Dr. John Mosby
President

Palm Beach State College

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by Ophanise

Ophanise Gelin

Ophanise Gelin
Student

Stephanie Little
Associate Professor, Nursing

Dr. Ava L. Parker
President

Pensacola State College

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by Allison

Alison Dugas

Allison C. Dugas
Student

M. Amber Carey

M. Amber Carey
Associate Professor, Spanish/Honors Program Coordinator 

Pensacola-President photo

Dr. Ed Meadows
President