Local Students Receive Awards for Writing Contest

Manchester, CT – November 29, 2005 . . . Manchester Community College is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Writing Contest. Seventeen students will be honored at the Writing Contest Awards Presentation on Friday, December 16 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held in the MCC Library Fireside Commons located inside of the Learning Resource Center building.

The writing contest was open to all MCC students enrolled during the 2004-2005 school year. More than 50 students submitted original writing entries for categories that included: personal essays, expository essays, literary criticism, research paper, short story and poetry. The John R. Gustavson prize will be awarded to a single entry for best humorous writing. In addition, the winning entries in the poetry and short story category will be published in Shapes, MCC’s literary magazine. Excerpts from the winning essays and poems will be read during the awards presentation reception.

The following students will receive awards:

Meg Maxwell of Allston, MA
James Haynes of Colchester
Sean Butler of Coventry
Terry Zych of Ellington
Michaela Fissel of Enfield
Paula Misseri of Hartford
Alice Urban of Manchester
Cremilda Oliveira of Manchester
David Smith of Manchester
J. Ashley Odell of Manchester
Jack Wilby of Manchester
Jennifer Gates of Manchester
Megan McHugh of Manchester
Jason McCormick of Oakdale
Michele Keys of Tolland
Jennifer Waldron of Wethersfield
Adam Valentine of West Hartford

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

For more information on the Student Writing Contest Awards Presentation, contact Jeanine DeRusha, MCC Dept. of English 860-512-2670.