Anderson and Yoshimori Award Winners Named

Winners of the Anderson and Yohimori awards recently were announced. 

The Anderson Award is for the Best Essay in First-Year Writing at MSU and was established in honor of Professor David D. Anderson’s lifelong commitment to education and excellence as a teacher in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Each first-place winner receives a $200 scholarship and recognition at the annual College of Arts & Letters spring convocation.

The Yoshimori Award is named in honor of Dorothy Yoshimori, a former MSU graduate student who did outstanding work in American cultural studies. This annual award is given to an undergraduate student whose multi-modal work in a first-year writing class has been superior. The winning entry also must be about American culture, loosely defined. Each first-place winner receives a $200 award. 

Anderson Award Winners

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Spring 2020 winner: Flower Akaliza (left) and Fall 2019 co-winner: Blayre Bray (right)
  • Fall 2019 co-winners
    • Blayre Bray, Criminal Justice sophomore, A Second Shot
    • Mohamed Khashafa, International Studies / Law, Justice, and Public Policy junior, A Wounded Eagle
  • Spring 2020 winner
    • Flower Akaliza, Computer Science and Math sophomore, The Big Chop

Honorable Mention

  • Anderson Award (Fall 2019)
    • Anna Reaume, Business sophomore, Unexpected Betrayal
    • Erica Holt, Nutritional Sciences sophomore, I Had to Learn How to Learn
  • Anderson Award (Spring 2020)
    • Jax Plumert, Civil Engineering sophomore, Printing the Future

Yoshimori Award Winner

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Yoshimori award winner: Paige Mccallum
  • Paige Mccallum, Journalism sophomore, Being Biracial

Honorable Mention

  • Yoshimori Award
    • Hunter Sharp, Zoology sophomore, Medical Advances with Help from the Nintendo Switch
    • Chelsea Comar, Business junior, Untitled