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2016-2017 Winner

The Grace Hagood Downs Award for Best Multimodal Project Goes to Stephanie Noyola!

First-Year English is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016-2017 Grace Hagood Downs contest, awarded to the creator of the best First-Year English multimodal project.

This year's winner is Stephanie Noyola for her video clip "Unguided." Stephanie, a Studio Art major, had this to say about her First-Year English experience: "I found myself in an environment of deeper understanding of the world around us, and insightful lessons that show exactly how writing showcases issues that are not always easily understood. I found myself with an instructor that was open-minded and understanding of many topics, and therefore felt able to put in my best effort towards my goal. Due to being of Mexican descent, I felt the topic of multiracial children a very personal concern of mine that needed to be discussed. With society evolving to better its treatment of others, I want others to understand the potential future of kids in the country."

Click here to view her award-winning project: https://youtu.be/TTZWYxBXhwo