On Wednesday, April 28, Midland College (MC) held its annual Nonfiction Writing Contest
awards ceremony via Zoom videoconferencing. Contest finalists read excerpts from
their entries in the categories of feature stories, narrative non-fiction and research
essays/reports. First, second and honorable mention winners were announced for each
Feature Stories judged by Ms. Lisa del Rosso, writer and instructor at New York University
First Place - Kiley Wilkins, "Finding My Voice"
Second Place - Aileen Muñoz, "How My Mom Brought Me Closer to My Culture Through Dance"
Honorable Mention - Alexandra James, "A Memoir on Land Maps"
Narrative Nonfiction judged by Dr. Katherine V. Wills, Professor of English, Department Director (Chairperson)
and Campus Poet at Indiana University Purdue University-Columbus
First Place - Madison Porter, "Standing Out"
Second Place - Mariam Falana, "Cultivation and Tutelage: The Burnt Extremity"
Honorable Mention - Faith Dolan, "Paradox"
Research Essays/Reports judged by Dr. Paullett Golden, Professor in the English department at the American
Military University (American Public University System)
First Place - Weston Wilber, "I Can See the End in the Beginning Michelangelo Buonarroti: The
Creator of Every Viewer's Journey"
Second Place - Mariam Falana, "Cultural Constructs of Integrative Masculinity"
Honorable Mention - Jordyn Ricks, "A Case Study on 'The Death Panel' at Starr County Memorial Hospital"
“The judges were very impressed with the quality of work,” Dr. William Christopher
Brown, MC co-chair of English and Language Arts and contest coordinator, said. “Many
of these winners have just recently discovered their writing talents. Their entries
demonstrated the art of nonfiction writing, which is making ideas and information
that already exist more interesting and available.”