Annual PNC Writing Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Purdue University North Central 42nd annual Writing and Art Contest have been announced by Robert Mellin, continuing lecturer of English and director of the writing contest. The winning entries are published in “Portals,” the annual PNC student literary journal.

The contest judging teams included faculty, staff as well as students.

The winning entries are:

English 101 Essay: first place – Mark Vittetoe, Portage, “And Then Everything Changed: Instant Replay Could Have Saved the World;” honorable mentions  – Nicole Barrish, Valparaiso, “A Simpler Life” and Diana Richardson, Indianapolis, “7,000 Miles, Love, and the Internet.”

English 102 Essay: first place – “First: Kurt Urbanski, LaPorte, “Rectify Negative Drinking Habits: Adopt MLDA 18.”

General Essay: first place – Ginny Borolov, Michigan City, “The Many Faces of the Holocaust: A Journey into the Lives of the Sienkiewicz/Borolov Family;” honorable mentions – Megan West, Valparaiso, “Transgender Youth: The Lack of Adequate Resources and Mental Health Professionals;” Megan O’Malley, New Carlisle, “Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit; Spirituality and Eating Disorder Recovery” and Nancy Cole, Hanna, “Wilma Mankiller a Legend That Lives On (1948- 2010).

Poetry: first placeAmedeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Harlot;” honorable mentions – Amedeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Attention Whore” and Michael Joseph Andrews, Michigan City, “Behind the Lies”

Short Fiction: first place - Alexandria Para, LaPorte, “Golden Fields;” honorable mention – Amadeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Crimes Against Humanity.”

The John J. Pappas Literary Award: first place – Kiley Snyder, LaPorte, “Welcoming Death, Escaping Nature, and Gaining Religious Salvation: An Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s ‘As Weary Pilgrim’.”