The W. Keats Sparrow award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University's English 1100 & 1200 composition classes. The award is sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library and is named in honor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and Former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tara MacKenzie Parrish of Newton Grove, North Carolina earned first place honors with her work entitled "Smart Phone Usage: Is the Device Dominating Lives?" Second place went to Emily Jane Price of Oley, Pennsylvania for "Language Evolution in North Carolina." Sandie-Marie Williams of Grandy, North Carolina won third place for her paper, "Recess in Schools: Disposable or Essential?"
Also deserving recognition are the instructors of the English 1200 sections that produced the winners. Dr. Brian Glover was Tara Parish and Sandie-Marie Williams' instructor; Marc Petersen was Emily Price's instructor.
Judges for the competition were Dr. Wendy Sharer, Associate Professor of English and Director of the First Year Writing Program, Mr. Timm Hackett, Teaching Instructor, and Mr. Brandon Stilley, Library Technician.
Sandie-Marie Williams, Liz Sparrow, Tara MacKenzie Parrish, & Emily Jane Price