Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Mount Writing Center Honors Top-Notch Student Work

The winners of Mount Saint Mary College’s Creative Writing Contest read their winning entries to the campus community during a recent open mic event in the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

The contest was spearheaded by the college’s Writing Center. There were two winning entries per category. Each first-place winner received a gift card for $125.

The winners were:

Short Story

First Place: Jennarose Colucci of Massapequa Park, N.Y., an Education major, for Suicide at Sea

Runner-up: Catherine Masayda of Watertown, Conn., a Nursing major, for Internal Wounds


First Place: Shirley Quezada of Westbury, N.Y., a Biology major, for The Chase

Runner-up: Alexandra Del Valle of Newburgh, N.Y., a Nursing major, for Death

Creative Nonfiction/Narrative Journalism

First Place: Caitlyn Garrigan of Staten Island, N.Y, an English major, for Please! Come Back in Ten Years

Runner-up: Nytalya Frye of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., an English major, for The Deer on the Hill

Play or Screenplay

First Place: Clarissa Hill of Sparrow Bush, N.Y., a Business Management and Administration major, for Ding Dong Ditch

Runner-up: Sarah Seymour of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., a Psychology major, for In the Dark

In addition to the Writing Contest, the Mount’s Writing Center sponsors a variety of events for students throughout the year. The center’s tutors assist Mount students in all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming and organizing ideas; structuring sentences, paragraphs, and essays; strengthening argumentation; incorporating research; appropriate systems of citation; and improving grammar and style.

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