Vol State Student Wins National Writing Award

Submitted on January 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

A life comparison with an old tennis shoe has garnered top honors in a national writing contest for a Volunteer State Community College student. Paul Farmer of White House was the top award winner in the TRIO DigiText competition with the Best of Contest award for his entry "Life Lessons from a Smelly Shoe." The 2011 TRIO Quest competition had 600 entries. TRIO is a federally funded student support service. TRIO Quest was funded by the U.S. Department of Education to encourage TRIO students and programs to begin to master 21st century skills.

"Paul's DigiText (entry) was amazing and so powerful," said contest organizer Sharon Primm-Dayot. "Judges were blown away. I know anyone who reads it online will feel the same 'faith in mankind', 'we can make a difference' message that Paul so beautifully presented."

The Vol State TRIO Student Support Services program was also recognized with medals for the Program Finalist award, the Best of Contest Program award and the Coach Award of Excellence. The Vol State TRIO program provides students with increased educational opportunities in order to promote academic success. For more information visit www.volstate.edu/TRIO. To read the winning entry visit https://sites.google.com/site/lifelessonsfromasmellyshoe/home


Pictured: Paul Farmer is presented with his medallion and an iPod Touch, which he won in the contest. Left to right: Patty Powell, vice president of Student Services; Lisa Borre, TRIO counselor; Paul Farmer; and Andrea Boddie, director of TRIO Student Support Services.

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