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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)

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 - Melony Shemberger