December 3, 2016

Two freshman win writing awards

Webster University honored two students at the Freshman Writing Award ceremony held Friday, April 8.

The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize excellence in student writing and to help advance a culture of writing.

Webster President Elizabeth J. Stroble and. Provost Julian Schuster of presented award plaques to both students who placed.

Freshman Anna Grobelny took first prize in her essay which addresses her experiences growing up as the daughter of a St. Louis County Police officer. The essay, “How the Outside World Shapes Our Own,” was written for Dr. Julie Setele’s sociology class.

Freshman Mariah Pugliese won second prize for her essay, “Parsifal and Adolf Hitler”, which is an examination of the relationship between the work of composer Richard Wagner and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The essay was written for Dr. Joshua Burel’s First Year Seminar course.

As well as receiving a plaque, the winners attend a luncheon held in their honor during the spring term.

The competition is open to students who were first-semester freshman for the fall term. Submissions may be of any genre and must be nominated by an instructor, however may request an instructor nominate a piece of their work.

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