The W. Keats Sparrow English 1200 award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University's English 1200 composition classes. The award is sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library and is named in honor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Daniel Jerome (D. J.) Fussell III of Wallace, NC, earned first place honors with his work entitled, "From Vines to Wine: The Story of Duplin Winery." Second place went to Troy West of Salemburg, NC for "Shrimp Fishing in the Intercoastal Waterways of North Carolina: Is the Catch of the Day Pulling in too Much?" "Childhood Obesity: Downsizing a Growing Epidemic" written by Taren Burnette of Chapel Hill, NC, took third place.
Also deserving recognition are the instructors of the English 1200 sections that produced the winners. Fussell was in Stephanie West-Puckett's English 1200 class. West was in Chandra Cerutti's class, and Burnette's instructor was Lynn Whichard.
Judges for the competition were Dr. Wendy Sharer, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the First Year Writing Program, Dr. William Banks, Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the First-Year Writing Program, and Mr. Joseph Thomas, Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian for Joyner Library.
Pictured above left to right are Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, third place winner Taren Burnette, second place winner Troy West, and first place winner D. J. Fussell, III.