Winners of Peninsula College’s 2019 English Essay Award were announced at the college’s June Board of Trustees meeting. The annual contest, started in 2011, included six winning submissions, with each student receiving $300 provided by the Teorey family and the Peninsula College Foundation. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an English course at Peninsula College.
Winning submissions include:
1. “Abuela’s Meez” by Rosa Herrera-Orellana
2. “Falling into a Tree” by Michael Nelson
3. “How I Neglected My Daughters’ Financial Education” by Robert Allen
4. “Relevance of African-American History in Baseball to August Wilson's Fences” by Samuel May
5. “Why Gender Stereotypes are Dangerous and Unnecessary” by Jaden Harris
6. “The Vehicle of my Soul” by Mr. Gonzales
Robert Allen moved to Port Angeles from Texas in 2018. He is an IT specialist at the NOLS public library and he played guitar and sang professionally for over 30 years. He is a husband, father, grandfather, and proud to make the Olympic Peninsula his new home.
Michael Nelson has been pursuing the expansion and development of both his knowledge and his responsibility (read: his ability to respond) by attending pre-nursing classes here at PC. It is his goal in life to become as useful a human being as possible by seeking out teachers and instructors who walk a life-supporting path with skill and insight. He considers himself an Elder-in-training, everyday becoming—just one choice, one single repetition at a time—the teacher, mentor, or mysterious old sage that every hero in every story has ever had and that every young person reads about and dreams of encountering.
Samuel May is a first-year Running Start student now pursuing his Associate of Arts. While having had a love for writing since elementary school, he has always viewed it as a mechanism for expressing his interests rather than an interest itself (although there is a potential book series in the works, suffering from neglect). Samuel is also in the process of completing prerequisite courses for a program to become a radiology technician but still plans to put his writing ability to use, whether as a hobby or in some professional capacity.
Rosa Herrera-Orellana studied in the Medical Assistant Program at Peninsula College. She has been accepted into Central Washington University in hopes of pursuing her BAS in Public Health with a specialization in Sexual Health.
One of the winning essays was submitted by an inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections center, Mr. Gonzales, who was enrolled in a Peninsula College English course.
For more information contact Michael Mills at email@example.com.