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All-College Writing Contest winners announced

The All-College Writing Contest winner for 2018–19 is Maria Civitello ’20 with honorable mention going to Kristin Rawlings ’19.

Civitello wrote her winning essay, “Perspectives of Self-Actualization in Austen’s Emma,” for the Happiness and the Nineteenth-Century Novel course taught by Associate Professor and Chair of English Carla Arnell. 

As a double major in psychology and French, Civitello said her paper’s topic “allowed me to relate Austen’s novel to my love for psychology.”

After graduation, Civitello plans to pursue graduate work in either psychology or speech-language pathology. “This opportunity to consider the relationship between psychology and literature was valuable,” she said.

This year’s honorable mention goes to 2016 First-Year Writing Contest winner Rawlings. She wrote the essay, “Depictions of Damnation in the Beautus Manuscripts: Painting Adoptionism as Heresy,” for the course Hell, Damnation, and Romanesque Art, taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Beth Woodward.

Rawlings is an English and religion double major. She’s also pursuing a minor in print and digital publishing.

“Having this recognition will demonstrate to potential employers and graduate schools that I am a capable candidate and will hopefully benefit me in these future endeavors,” Rawlings said.

The All-College Writing contest encourages students to excel as scholarly writers and gain further interest to write about their learnings.

—By Dipashna Acharya ’22