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The President’s Writing Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of its 36th annual awards season. 

Honorarium, Art Design:
Manuel Ortiz

Creative Nonfiction:
1st place: Emily Lanagan “In Memory of White Rain Soap”
2nd place: August McKernan “Jelly Donuts”

1st place: Pania Seeley “The Lines Between”
2nd place: Cat Bullock“The Sea Maid and the Starfish”

Critical Analysis:
1st  place: Evan Fishburn “Finding the Perfect Souvenir: Where Commodities and Orientalism Meet”
2nd place: Logan Potter “The Best of Both Worlds”

Multilingual First-Year Writing:
Winner: Joe Ma “An Analysis of ‘Miyazaki Hayao and the Aesthetic of Imagination’”

Winner: Michael Hassoldt “The Way Home”

First-Year Writing:
1st place: Luise Winslow “Analysis of the State of the Water”
2nd place: Rebecca Bettencourt “The Science Behind Sleep Paralysis”

1st place: Amanda Haines “Demystifying the Model Minority Mythology”
2nd place: Lacy Harness “The Process of Inventing Fictional Languages ”

Civic and Ethical Foundations:
1st place: Mone’t Alberts “What is Your Race?  Check ONE”
2nd place: Cade Yates “Black Tar? More Like Blacks Tarnished”

2018 Judges:
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to our forty-one gracious and generous judges:
Elizabeth Barnes
Tracy Bringhurst
Ann Campbell
Sam Campbell
Lori Chastaine
Elizabeth Cook
Andrea Courtright
Stephanie Cox
Martin Corless-Smith
Julia Drew
Kenya Jenkins Fletcher
Tucker Grimshaw
Greg Heinzman
Chaney Hill
Tiffany Hitesman
Mark Horton
Kate Huebschmann
Christina Jensen
Melissa Keith
Chris Klover
Jenny Lawrence
Megan Levad
Skyler Meeks
Stephen R. Miller
Heidi Naylor
Bernice Olivas
Debra Purdy
Allie Qiu
Amanda Reynolds
Jan Roser
David Scott
Carrie Seymour
Marian Thomas
Jacqui Teruya
Gina-Monica Tomulescu

Nolan Turner
essy Ward
Kerri Webster
Jeff Westover
Sarah Wilson
Kay Wingert

Thank you to all who entered!

Check out the winning submissions from years past by clicking here

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