Vol State TRIO Students Win National Contest

Submitted on October 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Students in the Volunteer State Community College TRIO Student Support Services program picked up awards, yet again, in a national competition. TRIO Quest invites TRIO students from around the country to participate. The students entered the DigiText photo essay category. Wade Browne of White House won a gold award for his essay "A Tale of Strength". Melissa Majors of Nolensville won a gold award for her essay "The Little Yellow Room - A Profound Impact on My Life". Kayla Cormier of Hendersonville won bronze for "Mind Walks: Literature as Passport". Lisa Napier of Hendersonville was awarded an honorable mention for her essay "The Scarecrow". The students were assisted by TRIO Counselor Shannon Freeman, who acted as writing coach for the contest.

Vol State students took several awards in the 2010 contest, as well. The PhotoEssay competition is an individual competition and requires students to create written material that is enhanced by images that are manipulated for the web and that support the overall theme of the written material. TRIO Quest was first funded by the Department of Education to encourage TRIO students and programs to begin to master 21st century learning skills.

TRIO is a federally funded grant program that provides educational and learning support for college students. For more information about the Vol State TRIO program visit: www.volstate.edu/trio

Pictured: The award winners. Left to right: Lisa Napier, Kayla Cormier, Melissa Majors and Wade Browne.

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