First-Year Writing Showcase


Each semester, the First-Year Writing program invites program faculty to nominate student writers whose work shines for features like idea development, critical thinking, organization, voice, creativity, language use, and writing and research processes. A faculty panel reviewed the nominated works and selected thirteen pieces reflecting a variety of genres, including Narrative, Profile Writing, and Research Argument. This semester’s selections represent writers enrolled in ENGL 10300 The Essay; ENGL 11100 College Writing 1; and ENGL 11200 College Writing 2. We hope you enjoy meeting these writers and listening to their voices and ideas through their written work!


Mir Ali
"My Experience with Literacy"
College Writing 1 – Dr. Rich Foss

Caswell Bloomquist
College Writing 2 – Dr. Tom McNamara

Davin Colobong
"The Joys of Reading and Writing"
College Writing 1 – Prof. Therese Jones

Helen Krueger
"In Her Own Field"
College Writing 1 – Dr. Jen Consilio

Emilio Melero
"The American Dream"
College Writing 1 – Dr. Jen Consilio

Giselle Mendoza
Effects of Test Optional on Low Income Students
College Writing 2 – Dr. Tom McNamara

Kasia Pytel
"Homesteading: An Old Practice in a Modern World"
College Writing 2 – Dr. Jordan Canzonetta

Natalie Ramirez
"Three of Me"
College Writing 1 – Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido

Daniella Sarabia
"Language and its Impact"
College Writing 1 – Prof. Therese Jones

Philiffe Tebalan
"The Psychological Impact of Food Allergies on Children and Their Families"
College Writing 2 – Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido

Tyler Toussaint
"My Life, My Story"
College Writing 1 – Dr. Jennifer Fife

Madison Weis
"Genetically Editing Embryos"
College Writing 2 – Dr. Wallace Ross

Kacper Zalewski
"My Story for My Love of Technology"
The Essay – Prof. Therese Jones

Additional Showcase Nominees

  • Alexandra Bator, (Prof. Michelle Lorenzen)
  • Joshua Brown, (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Katelyn Butt, (Dr. Pramod Mishra)
  • Laura Carreno, (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Nicholas DeBello, (Dr. Jordan Canzonetta)
  • Nathaly Galvez, (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Isabel Guzman, (Dr. Tom McNamara)
  • Drew Haas, (Br. Philip Johnson)
  • Jada Harvey, (Dr. Richard Foss)
  • Andrew Heintzelman, (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Byron Kelly, (Prof. Michelle Lorenzen)
  • Jake Kobler, (Dr. Tom McNamara)
  • William Koryzna, (Dr. Jennifer Fife)
  • Jade Kyles, (Dr. Jennifer Fife)
  • Julian Lemieux, (Dr. Jennifer Fife)
  • Jessica Lozoya, (Prof. Therese Jones)
  • Lauryn Luangsomkham, (Dr. Richard Foss)
  • Temujin Oyunbold, (Prof. Michelle Lorenzen)
  • Gabrielle Pacetti, (Dr. Richard Foss)
  • Ezra Samson, (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Kirill Sidorko, (Dr. Jennifer Fife)
  • Owen Thomas, (Dr. Jen Consilio)
  • Panayiotis Vallianatos, (Dr. Ana Roncero-Bellido)
  • Karolina Zarebczan, (Dr. Jordan Canzonetta)

Thank You

Thank you to all of our writers for creating and sharing their work. And thank you to all who directly support our first-year writers: our instructors, the Writing Center staff, and the Library Research instructors. We appreciate all you do to support first-year writers. And many thanks to our program Graduate Assistant, Hannah Michalczak, for all her help in coordinating the Showcase process.

Congratulations to all of our nominated and selected writers. Keep writing!

Jen Consilio, Ph.D.
Professor of English Studies
Director of the First-Year Writing Program

"Write, and your world
will explode with meaning."

--Donald M. Murray

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