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11 APSU, Middle College students named Peay Read essay winners

Steve Lopez (back row, far left) is seen with APSU and Middle College student essay winners during a dinner Sept. 29 in the Morgan University Center as part of The Peay Read annual celebration. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer)

Steve Lopez (back row, far left) is seen with APSU and Middle College student essay winners during a dinner Sept. 29 in the Morgan University Center as part of The Peay Read annual celebration. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer)

Ten Austin Peay State University first-year students and a Middle College student were recognized for having best student essays on themes from “The Soloist,” a nonfiction book by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and the basis for the movie, “The Soloist.”

The students were lauded for their winning entries during a dinner held Sept. 29 at APSU that featured Lopez, who later that evening delivered a public talk to approximately 1,000 people in the APSU Dunn Center.

The student winners were Donald Buhl-Brown, Samuel Cupp, Lindsey Gudal,

Destynee Horner, Bethany Jackson, Maggie Jackson, Jennifer Matteucci, Clair Susong, Elizabeth Tuttle and Abigail Wilt. All are either freshmen or transfer students during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Middle College student winner was Nathan Borrero.

The 11 student winners represented the top 1 percent of 1,200 essays submitted for the contest.

In addition, eight of the student winners are enrolled in the University’s Honors Program.

The essay contest was part of a reading initiative at APSU called The Peay Read, designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for first-year students.

For more details about this year’s book reading selection or The Peay Read, visit http://www.apsu.edu/Read/. - Melony Shemberger