First-Year Writing Showcase

The Fall 2021 First-Year Writing Showcase

Each semester, the First-Year Writing program invites program faculty to nominate student writers whose work shines for features like idea development, critical thinking, organization, voice, creativity, language use, and writing and research processes. A faculty panel reviewed the nominated works and selected thirteen pieces reflecting a variety of genres, including Narrative, Profile Writing, Video Remix, and Research Argument. This semester’s selections represent writers enrolled ENGL 10300 The Essay; ENGL 11100 College Writing 1; and ENGL 11200 College Writing 2. We hope you enjoy meeting these writers and listening to their voices and ideas through their written work.

The Fall 2021 Showcase Writers

Bibin Biju
"Sixth Grade Adventures"
College Writing 1, Dr. Jen Fife

Jenna Cheop
"The Devil on My Dinner Plate"
College Writing 1, Dr. Rich Foss

Gillian Comonal
"Connecting with my Filipino Culture"
College Writing 1, Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido

Vanessa Flores
"Finding Your Way Through"
College Writing 2, Dr. Sheila Kennedy

Alondra Garcia
"This is who I am"
College Writing 1, Dr. Jen Fife

Abigail des Groseilliers
"Ever Since November"
College Writing 1, Dr. Rich Foss

Madelyn Hayes
"A Rocky Relationship with Reading"
College Writing 1, Ms. Therese Jones

Matthew Hovorka
"The Gym"
The Essay, Ms. Therese Jones

Liam Jarot
"Seeing Clearly"
College Writing 1, Dr. Jen Consilio

Nicole Kittle
"How Nurses can help Fix the Nursing Shortage"
College Writing 2, Dr. Jordan Canzonetta

Caroline Pietrzyk
"The Profile Essay Remix Video"
College Writing 1, Ms. Therese Jones

Jacob Prince
"Bruce Wayne: A Fallen Knight"
College Writing 2, Dr. Wallace Ross

Michael Yerkes
"The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: How to Assess the Implementation in High School"
College Writing 2, Dr. Tom McNamara

Additional Showcase Nominees

  • Yara Abdelqader (Dr. Jen Fife)
  • Alexa Acevedo (Dr. Jen Fife)
  • Katie Anderson (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Rosa Anderson (Dr. Jordan Canzonetta)
  • Sophia Ashour (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Cristian Borges (Dr. Tommy Pfannkoch)
  •  Jordana Doshna (Ms. Therese Jones)
  • Nikola Folta (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Jack Fridley (Dr. Tom McNamara)
  • Delaney Garden (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Kyle Godin (Ms. Therese Jones)
  • Diana Ibarra (Ms. Therese Jones)
  • James Kallianis (Dr. Jordan Canzonetta)
  • Jake Kobler (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Mackenzie Leach (Mr. Carl Roach)
  • Cameron Norton (Dr. Tom McNamara)
  • Robert Padilla (Dr. Jordan Canzonetta)
  • Casey Smith (Dr. Tommy Pfannkoch)
  • Philiffe Tebalan (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Scott Willner (Mr. Carl Roach)
  • Charlie Wirth (Dr. Rich Foss)

Thank You

Thank you to all of our writers for creating and sharing their work. And thank you to all who directly support our first-year writers: our instructors, the Writing Center staff, and the Library Research instructors. We appreciate all you do to support first-year writers. And many thanks to our program Graduate Assistant, Crystal Zepeda, for all her help in coordinating the Showcase process.

Congratulations to all of our nominated and selected writers. Keep writing!

Jen Consilio, Ph.D.
Professor of English Studies
Director of the First-Year Writing Program

"Write, and your world
will explode with meaning."

--Donald M. Murray

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