Scott Wright Student Essay Contest Winners

2015

Opinion Editorial 

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Claire Gillett
Mom, I Think I'm a Socialist

Lucia Johnston
The Value of Speaking Carefully

Aliah Eberting
How a Rolling Backpack Can Change Your Life

Rhetorical Analysis

First Place

Second Place                                                                                                       

Third Place                                                                                               

Emily Grant
Rhetorical Experiment Gone Wrong: Argumental Corruption in "Why I Am Not a Vegetarian"

Ashley Holmes
Liberty or Death--A No Brainer

Kaylee LeBaron
Surface and Symbol

Honorable Mention

Emily Townsend and Mackenzie Mcfarland
Where Is God?
Hannah Van Woerkom 
Aliens: An Examination of Extraterrestial Powers of Persuasion

Narrative and Personal Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Maddy Sharp
Numbers 

Ryan Poch
A Real Mormon

Belen Jackson
Just the Secretary

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Ryan Poch

A Fizzy Alternative

Aliah Eberting

The Dirty Underbelly of Farm Subsidizing: The Harm It Does and What Can Be Done About It

Katie Romrell

Fan Fiction--Worth a Shot

Honorable Mention

Hebrew Poetry as a Tool to Evaluate a Biblical Translation by Richard Rolapp

Honorable Mention                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Matthew Stradley

Paternal Grief of Stillbirth: A Clarion Call to Action

Victoria Beecroft

Microfinance's Secret Weapon: Girl Power

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2011

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

William Lane
One Full Page, Typed, Single Spaced

Teagan Nakamoto
Death by Chocolate

Mallory Reese
Cell Theory; Pieces of the Soul

Honorable Mention

Richard Wilkins
The Saint
Camden Robinson
A Non-Sentimental Title for a Sentimental Essay

Great Works Entries

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Camden Robinson
Not Just a Pile of Books: Bateman's Transcendence of Form in The Fourth Thousand Years

Bronwen Hale
The Source of Our Flame: Dusk by Maxwell Parrish

William Lane
Fallen Monarchs: A Brilliant Syncretism

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Logan Schelly
Hubbert’s Curve: Peak or Plateau?

Lauren Alston
Winston Churchill: The Impact and Power of the Iron Curtain Speech

Anne Whitehouse
Shattered Shells: Pacific Ecosystems in World War II

2010

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

None

Jin Greer
I Do Not Know

Sarah Nielsen
Jury Duty

Becca Davis
The Only Man on Earth Superior to Amory Blaine

Honorable Mention

Taft Anderson
Douzo Yoroshiku

Great Works Entries

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Derek Montgomery
The Savior's Descent and a Message of Hope

Carli Hanson
Irony and Betrayal

Addison Jenkins
The Windhover and God's Grandeur

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Rebekah Belnap
The American Conclusion: Yuan Appreciation or Economy Devastation

Eric Sorensen
Economic Underdevelopment in American Indian Reservations

Carli Hanson
Silently Croaking

Honorable Mention

Jessica Groberg
Dante's Justly Damned

2009

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Greta Ballif
Caregiver

Rigdon Holmquist
Herding Water

Christine Clark
Imagine

Honorable Mention

Paul Russell
Living
Brooke Adams
Sing Me to Heaven

Great Works Entries

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

 Jordan Krieger
Duck Soup: Dressed to Win

Kyle Welch
Malice for None

Tiffani Allred
Look and Live

Honorable Mention

Daniel Woodbury
Man Proposes, God Disposes

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Laura Crenshaw
Semilunar Biopsy Repair and Medical Politics

John Wiest
Defeating Depression: The Use of Antidepressants

JeanMarie Stewart
Why the United States is Getting a 'C' in Math

Honorable Mention

Jameson Gardner
Metrication in the United States: 200 Years Overdue

2008

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Jessica Sagers
Evolution

Matthew Farrell
Footsteps in the Snow

William Gibbs
Little Earthquakes

Great Works Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

 Courtney Roundy
A Critical Analysis Using Both Syntax and Diction to Create a Meaningful Essay

Amy Dawson
A Chimney, Keystone, Kiss, and Communication

Courtney Steele Tam
Seasons

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

None

Laura Cutler
Millions of Americans at Risk: The Real but Avoidable Harms of Colorblindness
Michael Miles
Peak Oil: A Bleak Future and an Arduous Answer

Brian Graham
Light Pollution:  The Death of the Night

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

Andrew Woo
The Lee Thesis: Is an Authoritarian System Better Able to Deliver Economic Development?

2007

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Amy Takabori
Diamond-Encrusted Ring Around the Rosie

Britton Kowalk
To Serve the King of Kings

Jessie Hawkes
My Father's Sketchbook

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Rachel Ashby
Ironing Out Tillie Olsen

Stephanie Johnson
Sexism Supported and Expectations Exploited in 'A Rose for Emily'

Kelsey Jorgensen
Societal Flaws in O'Connor's Stories

Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

None

Bradley McMullin
Second Hand Smoke: An Analysis of the Detrimental Side Effects of US Marijuana Policy

Christina Hilton
The CDC Dilema: When Armchair Science Determines Truth and Policy

2006

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Bradley Gerhardt
Avacado Pie

Spencer Greenhalgh
Romance Languages

Rachel Teh
Sisters

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Jess Ward
Incidents on a Bus: Insights into Julian's Egalitarianism

Mitchell Robinson
On 'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge'

Alia Strickling
Schindler House

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Melissa Davis
Minding the Gap: Gender Disparities in Neuroscience

Scott James Jackson
Muslim Students at BYU: The World is Our Campus

Spencer Johnson
Conflict in Utah Territorys

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Mitchell Robinson
A More Balanced Interpretation of Sergeant Francis Troy

Lorren Johns
Ethnic Enclaves: Lost in Their Own World?

Adam Heninger
The Quantum Mechanical Definition of God

2005

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Michael Potter
Love Story Fades to Black

Stephanie C. Payne
Forever Summer

Jessica Smith
Acting Up

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Ryan Hunsaker
Defining Experience: Dominance of Reality or Desire

Fiona Stewart
When Fluency Fosters Frenzy: Joseph McCarthy's Eloquence and the Era of Witch-hunts that Would Ensue

Paul Hanson
Later, Gator

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Elisabeth Lund
Exclusion, Gossip and Rumors: How Teachers and Schools can Reduce Alternate Aggression

James Jensen
The Gravity of the Issue: Hillside Building in Utah Valley

None

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Nicholas Bishop
Preventative Prenatal Care for Hispanic Undocumented Immigrants in Utah

Jesse Walton
Diversity and Accurate Representation in the BYUSA Program

Benjamin Miller
Stoning Young America: Overprescribing Harmful Stimulants

2004

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Charisse Johnson
Goodbye Doesn't Suck

Jonathan Bitter
I Heard My Daddy Cry

Paul Felt
My Aunt Robin was a Mother

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Abigail Pyne
Fanny's Pathos Overrides John's Logic: A Textual Analysis of the First Two Chapters ofSense and Sensibility

Katherine Pulsipher
Score in Night and Fog and One Survivor Remembers

Mary Elizabeth Decker
Extremists for Love: Religious Allusions in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Christie Peterson
1924 Castle Gate Mine Explosion and Its Impact on Local Families

Derek Frei
Glory Lost: Human Impacts on the Colorado River

Donald Sampson
Academic Performance, Mental Health and School Factors

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Katherine Pulsipher
Native Americans and Archaeologists: Who Owns the Past?

Blaine Farr
Utah's Political Monopoly

Amy Sonntag
The Effects of Dual-Language Immersion Programs on Young Hispanic Students in the U.S.

2003

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Claire Wallace
Families (that have been torn, re-cut with dull scissors, then messily glued back together) Are Forever

Elise C. Dickerson
The Vending Machine

Jamie Ellsworth
Remembering Charlotte

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Heidi Harris
Inciting the Masses

Alison Stone
Flannery O'Conner Sees the Future: A Great Works Response

Jill Carpenter
Limiting Space

Trevor Cook
Disconnect and Self-Isolation in "Tokyo"

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Tammy Smith
Children Versus Adults in Second Language Acquisition

Brandon Bates
The Beginning of the End: The Failure of the Siege of Vienna of 1683

Michael Brodeur
Gassed by What? A Case Study of Mustard Gas Dependent on Historical and Physiological Studies in Gas Warfare

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Austin Smith
Protecting Offensive Speech: The Case Against Amending the Constitution to Criminalize Flag Desecration

Jamie Karpowitz
Destroying Tomorrow's Wilderness for Today's Oil

Caleb Miskin, Laura Turner, Stephen Carr, Rebecca Sin, Jason Standring
Saving America's Youth

2002

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Jaehee Hwang
A Running Sunday

Matt Allen
Late April, Early May

Cara Longmore
My Miracle

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Reid Mosman
Eudora Welty on African American Women

Mary Hedengren
The Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Supernatural

Jacob Fillerup
Metaphors with Water and Nature

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Losaline Lautaha
A Woman's Civil War

Lara Anne Hunt
Islamic Calligraphy: a Fundamental Art Form

Daniel Evensen
Ethical Journalism During the Vietnam War

Argument Paper/Persuasive Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Carrie Frost, Mary Hedengren, and Daniel Nielsen
BYU and the Mountain Meadows Massacre: Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

Brett M. Condon
The Controversy of Operation Crossroads: A Post WWII Nuclear Weapons Test

Daniel Roberts
Possible Solutions for the Grazing vs. Ecosystem Conservation Conflict

Fall 2000

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Matthew Pierce
Cutting Strings

Rebecca Olsen
Marvin and Georgean

Trevor Salter
A Most Exquisite Whiteness

Honorable Mention

Brooke Wright
Maybe Later
Richard Graham
Muses

Argumentative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Joshua M Madsen
Calvin and Hobbes: An Existentialist View

Garrett Woodbury
Children on the Homefront

Laura Boyle
O, The Sweetness of Reading

Honorable Mention

Cynthia Streeter
A Veteran's Relationship with History

Winter 2000

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Peter Shirts
War Imagery in Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" and Sting's "Children's Crusade"

Richard Esplin
Willy Couldn't Find Walden Pond

Jeff Brown
Two Views of Affirmative Action

Fall 1999

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Jane Galt
Hydrogen

Chad Alan Speirs
The Day I Decided I Didn't Want to Be a Doctor

Emily Wing
Kirtrine's Basement

Honorable Mention

Kate Randle
And He Bringeth Up

Natalie Green
Our Moon

Winter 1999

Personal/Narrative Essay

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Amy Malley
Just a Simple Bowl

Roger Hansen
Indelible Marks

Mary K. Bucaria
Karen's Story

Bart Frischknecht
Of Pirate Ships & Silver Steeds

Janene Spelts
A Tear Between Twins

Honorable Mention

Erika Schank
My Brother Cried

Nicole Buys
The Mirror

Christian Mulholland
The Years of Living Nakedly

Critical/Textual Analysis

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Corri Anna Greiss
Structure in Sonnet XXXIII

Paul A. Wright
PALL MALL: Conformity & Fun for the Fifties

Kara Andrus
Emphasizing Order

Honorable Mention

Aaron Pacini
Colgate Brushes On: A Contrast of New & Old Colgate Advertising

Erynn Andrews
A Woman's Sheek & Subtle Revolution: Analysis of a 1952 Du Pont Nylon Ad

Informative Research Paper

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Bryan Catanzaro & Jaron Coombs
Holographic Data Storage: Not Just a Mirage

Jane Marie Brog
Space Flight of Victory: The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Troy Smith
Racing Through a Five-Billion-Year-Old Mystery: The Secret of DNA

Honorable Mention

Tonja Bowen, Kate Despain, Larissa Lew, Rachel Wood
Unraveling the Tangle: What Grades Really Mean

Molly Benedict & Sunny Chen
Space Flight: The Dangers of Weightlessness

DVC in the News


Life at Diablo Valley College – Taking the Road Less Traveled from Dublin High School


Understanding Indigenous Innovation in Rural West Africa: Challenges to Diffusion of Innovations Theory and Current Social Innovation Practice


Contra Costa college board makes ‘sanctuary’ status official


Life in a Community College: To the Top and Back Again (without the debt)


East Bay Times interviews DVC pastry chef Masumi Kodama


DVC professor Amer Araim, former UN diplomat, writes in East Bay Times about why voters should learn more about the UN's achievements


DVC Art Gallery exhibits prison inmate's works


Contra Costa County: Community College student scorecard yields mixed results


Jean Lundbom selected for prestigious English language teaching fellowship by U.S. Department of State


College students’ DIY film fest catches fire


DVC art faculty Leo Bersamina featured in Walnut Creek Magazine


DVC students Kelsey Leonard and Brandon James receive Athlete of the Month honors from the CCCAA


Contra Costa County: Her education will benefit an entire village, says PG&E scholarship winner


DVC student is one of this year's Scott Wright Student Essay Contest winners


Mt. Diablo and community college district boards discuss dual enrollment


East Bay swimmer's journey from motherhood to NCAA comeback


Diablo Valley College production a standout at western states theater festival


Chris Vognar: Community college gave me my life


JC baseball playoffs: Lefty aces lead Sequoias, Diablo Valley into series


Diablo Valley ended up with eight event victories and the points picked up by those wins were important in finishing ahead of second-place Orange Coast (400) by just 14 points for the Women's State Swim Title


For Diablo Valley College Students looking to make their mark in the music industry biz but naive about the process, Michael Aczon is able to show them the ropes


President Barack Obama recognizes DVC and DVC student Jason Reinstedler for winning the USCC National Cyber Competition


Jim Costa, former DVC professor and part-time assistant track and field/cross country coach, has been inducted into the 2013 5CTA Hall of Fame (Article removed from original source.)


Congratulations once again to Lisa Ward, DVC part-time instructor, who continues to amaze in her swim abilities. In the July 12-14 Long Course Master's Swim Championships in San Mateo Lisa placed first in the 45-49 Women's Individual Scores.


DVC and UC Berkeley graduate, Alysse Gallo, is making strides in the world of art and animation


Sonoma State University wanted Mike Harris when he was coming out of Monte Vista High back in 2011 but missed. Two years later, the connection was made and Harris is now a member of the Seawolves. (Article removed from original source.)


Lisa Ward tied for high point swimmer (ages 45-49) at the 2013 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championship April 5-7. She had 5 first place and two second place finishes. view scores (scroll down to 45-49 Women Individual Scores)


Shelly Pierson, kinesiology instructor, is featured in the Affordable Colleges Online list of top professors at community colleges. And DVC was featured as one of the Most Affordable Large Community Colleges.


Social Science instructor Mary Ann Irwin was elected Vice President for Community Colleges for the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors. The CA-AAUP promotes the interests of higher education and scholarly research by defending academic freedom, shared governance, and the welfare of California's faculty members.


Lacrosse, as of fall 2012, has a presence in four California community colleges. As word continues to spread about the success of lacrosse at Diablo Valley College, which formed in 2008 and three subsequent programs at Cabrillo College, San Diego Miramar, plus the latest team at Sierra College, players at the other 108 community colleges are beginning to ask the question, "Why not here?" Read more in iJournal:Insights to Student Services


Part-time instructor Lisa Ward has won the Pacific Masters Open Water Title for 2012 in the 45-49 age group.


DVC and President Peter Garcia are referenced in the Los Angeles Times article, Community colleges' promise meets bitter reality.

Read more in The Los Angeles Times (national daily newspaper).


DVC professor Doré Ripley was featured in a story about female comics enthusiasts. Graphic Novel Reporter

And in a related story, a piece in Graphic Novel Reporter discussed the winners of DVC's James O'Keefe Annual Prize for Graphic Literature


American community colleges offer international students a cheaper entry point into their higher education pursuits...

For instance, the tuition and fees at Diablo Valley College in Northern California are nearly $6,000 for 24 credits, while it costs more than $16,500 for the same number of credits at nearby San Jose State University.

Read more in US. News & World Report.


Dr. Timothy P. White, a DVC alum, has been selected as the new chancellor for the California State University system. Read more in the Mercury News Education page, California State University press release, and California Community Colleges press release.

Read about Dr. Timothy P. White at DVC.


Budget cut have hit community college students hard. Peter Garcia is interviewed in this story about how the budget cuts have affected students. Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Former DVC athlete and USC defensive end Morgan Breslin's play does the talking. Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

Read about Morgan Breslin at DVC.


DVC math professor Katrina Keating and Skyline college math professor Tadashi Tsuchida have co-written and self-published a book called No Lunch, No Money, No Rice: The Pursuit of Education in Asia, about the struggles of many students in rural Southeast Asia. Read more in The Inquirer. (Article removed from original source.)


Toru Sugita and his students showcase printmaking techniques at an exhibit in the DVC library. Read more in the Contra Costa Times.


Career Technical Education (CTE) – Contra Costa County California Leads the Way! Listen to an interview with Kim Schenk, Dean of Career Technical Education and Economic Development. (Article removed from original source.)


Sheri Stockdale, Physical Education and Dance faculty, will be honored by Contra Costa Commission. Read more in the Vallejo Times-Herald.


Susan Skilton, Foreign Languages part-time faculty, placed first in the 2011 United States Masters Swimming "Go the Distance" for her age and gender group. Read about the competition in the Lamorinda Weekly.


Josephine (Jo) Mele, DVC's Emeritus College Executive Director, is the mother of two children and grandmother of four. Jo has researched Asperger's Syndrome extensively since her grandson's diagnosis. Read about her research at Parents.com.


Pleasant Hill Council selects John Hanecak as mayor. Read more in the Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.


The 2011-12 Diablo Valley College Vikings may be the team to get head coach Steve Coccimiglio over the hump and to the Final Four for the first time in his illustrious career. Read the Yahoo! Sports article.


DVC's Rory Snyder was in the news. Read more in the Martinez News-Gazette.


Steve Bishop, a first baseman for DVC baseball 1990-1991 who then transferred to UC Riverside, is in the movie 'Moneyball'. He plays David Justice, the ball player who played on many teams, ending with the A's in 2002. Read about 'Moneyball' and the David Justice/Steve Bishop connection in the Contra Costa Times.


DVC adjunct faculty member, Yvonne Lefort, recently developed and taught a program at UC Berkeley to aid spouses of international students transition into American life. Read about the program in the Daily Californian and UC Berkeley News Center.


Vikings are making a difference in the community. Read about the Viking Football program and their community service project on the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) website. (Article removed from original source.)


DVC's Penny Warner will be signing copies of her new book at Clayton library. Read about it in the Mercury News.


Diablo Valley College marketing department's posters, brochures and more on display. Read about it in the Contra Costa Times.


DVC's Steve Coccimiglio gets 500th victory. Read about him in the Contra Costa Times. (Article removed from original source.)


DVC’s Beth Hauscarriague was profiled in the news. Read about her in the Mercury News.


Read the Inside Bay Area story about the Vikings lacrosse team.
CORRECTION: St. Mary’s College, led by coach Colin Knightly, a DVC student, and three former Viking Lacrosse players won the WCLL Division II Championship last spring.


 

Carolyn Seefer was a guest columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section, “Just Back From”. Read her comments about her recent visit to China.


 

 

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