Three DCTC Students Receive Literary Award

Three DCTC students were honored during the second annual Literary Awards honoring students for outstanding writing.

Glenntisha Davis, an Applied Visual Arts major, Priscilla Sowah, a Practical Nursing major, and Architectural Technology major Jeffrey Murphy all received the award, which DCTC uses as a way to recognize that successful careers require excellent written and oral communications.

Davis’ essay titled “Is That Your Son?” won first place. The paper discussed the issues surrounding trans-racial adoption and the right of every child to a family.

Sowah received second place for her essay, “Bilingual Education,” which recognizes the growing diversity in the U.S. and the need for bilingualism in the business world of the 21st century.

Murphy did his own field research on a controversial land trust that holds ancestral land of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for his essay, “Indian Country: Land Trust Issues in Minnesota.” The paper details how the land trust would benefit both the Indian community and the citizens of Scott County.

Gayle Larson and Margaret Milne, co-chairs of the Literary Award Committee, noted how difficult it was to choose the winners in a field of such excellent essays.

“The quality of the essays submitted for this award continues to demonstrate not only the exceptional writing skills of DCTC students, but also skills in research, organization, and argument,” said Larson.

Nominations for the award are based on faculty recommendations to a committee as they grade student essays. The faculty member submitting the nomination informs the student, asking them to resubmit their paper for consideration. The committee makes the final decision concerning who will receive the awards.