Student Awards

ACAF 2014 Graduate Student Essay Competitions Winners Announced

The 2014 ACA Foundation Graduate Student Essay competitions have come to a close and the 32 winning essayists are identified below. A record 400 essays were submitted for the annual competition, exceeding the 2013 entries by 139 essays.

ACA student members were competing for prizes in two essay competitions, the Future School Counselors Essay Competition (sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust) and the Graduate Student Essay Competition (sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey). Formal recognition of the winning essayists will take place at the ACA Conference and Exposition, March 27-30, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey Graduate Student Essay Competition

Grand Prize Winner:  Everett Painter, University of Tennessee

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Brad Carmichael, Old Dominion University
  • Julia Olson, Regis University
  • Sara Pomerantz, University of Vermont
  • Erin Wenzel, Antioch University Seattle
  • Tanya Willson, Barry University  

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Saihba Ali, Southern Methodist University
  • Elizabeth Ballenski, Colorado Christian University
  • Alice Boertje, Concordia University Chicago
  • Justin Cook, Missouri State University
  • David Ray Dingus, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Eric Esters, Argosy University
  • Katherine Kingra, Husson University
  • Arnold P. Sprague, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Justin Trout, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Lorilee Virnig, St. Mary’s of Minnesota

Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay for Future School Counselors

Grand Prize Winner:  Claire Nawojchik, University of Virginia

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Mary Feamster, Appalachian State University
  • Miranda Pool, Vanderbilt University
  • Laura Preston, Campbell University
  • Danielle Sheppard, Northeastern Illinois University
  • MaryBeth Yeaman, Purdue University

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Emily Bess, University of Virginia
  • Sisi L. Chen, University of Rochester Warner School of Education
  • Emily R. Hess, The George Washington University
  • Norma Leaf, Johns Hopkins University
  • Holly Shepherd, University of Virginia
  • Joe Murphy, Jr., University of Tennessee
  • Amanda Shapiro, Purdue University
  • Kristin Studle, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Tyler W. Wasson, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Jessie Youngblood, University of Northern Colorado

 

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