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Announcing the winners of the 2014 Hal Tobin Awards!



First Place: Macy Ballard

Macy is a junior at IUPUI majoring in psychology with a minor in American Sign Language. She plans to attend graduate school upon graduation, though she is still deciding on specific programs. Her hobbies include acting, singing, directing, and playwriting through local Indianapolis theatres and especially the Performing Arts Club at IUPUI.Read her winning entry here.

English W140 Instructor: Francia Kissel

Second Place: Jake Whiteside

Jake is a sophomore at IUPUI studying neuroscience, a love for which he developed via a passion for the beautiful cognition that masterful writing inspires. Jake is focused on satisfying medical school prerequisites, with plans to professionally help others while providing for his wife of almost two years and six-month-old daughter. Read his winning entry here.

English W140 Instructor: Mel Wininger


The Hal Tobin Award is presented annually to the undergraduate student who submits the best essay written in either W131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry or W140 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry-Honors. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it. Up to two pieces may be submitted. First place winners receive $125; second place winners receive $100. Visit the Student Awards section for more information.