{Aggie Voices 2015 Contest Winners Announced!}

Release Date: Friday, Apr 03, 2015
The University Writing Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Aggie Voices Writing & Video Contest for undergraduates.
Writing Division
“A Midday Train through Russia” by Ingabirano Nintunze, senior English major
Honorable Mentions:
“Does the End Justify the Means? Analyzing Dark Romanticism Using Wordsworth’s Critical Theory” by Krystal Watson, senior English major
“Signals and Compressive Sensing” by Nathan LaFerney, senior applied mathematical sciences major

Video Division
“Texas A&M University” by Patrick Hargrove, freshman general engineering major
(Watch Patrick’s video here.)

Honorable Mention: 
“Texas A&M Mountain Biking Promo” by Hunter Coleman, sophomore business administration major  (Watch Hunter’s video here.)

The winners were selected by the members of the W and C Course Advisory Committee. The winners of each division receive a $100 gift card to Amazon.com.

Entries to the contest could be on any subject, scholarly or creative, and from any discipline. Many entries were originally created for a class, although some were created specifically for the contest.

The winning entry in the writing division is a short story depicting a young boy’s magical train ride with a mysterious woman.

The winning video entry uses 49 time-dilated video images to create an evocative portrait of life on the Texas A&M campus. In the description he submitted with his entry, freshman Patrick Hargrove said his video was inspired by the 1982 film “Koyaanisqatsi,” known for its creative use of time-lapsed images. 

Regarding the winning writing entry, committee member Barbara Gastel, professor of Integrative Biosciences/Medical Humanities, said, “I found this story highly engaging. Features contributing to its success included skillful pacing, deft integration of real and surreal, and strong command of the mechanics of writing."

The Aggie Voices Contest, sponsored by the UWC, is an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding communication skills of undergraduates at Texas A&M.

Gastel, who has also been a judge for the contest in previous years, described this as an "exceptionally fine group of entries, from an impressively wide array of disciplines. What a treat to read well thought out, well structured, effectively phrased writing in fields ranging from literary analysis to social science to mathematics!"

Our congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all those students who shared their work with us in this year’s contest.
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