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October 31, 2011

Five Blinn Students Published Nationally

Textbook firm hold essays up as exemplars of stellar writing

The Pearson Publishing Company Media Team has announced that essays from five Blinn students from the Schulenburg campus were accepted into the company’s prestigious model student paper repository. Each essay will serve as a model paper that other college students across the nation will read as an example of effectively-written college-level prose.

The published students are:

  • Shee Marie Besch, of Weimar (English).
  • Dustin Davis, of La Grange (Business).
  • Heather Girndt, of Rock Island (Nursing).
  • Gabrielle Matocha, of Fayetteville (Interdisciplinary Studies).
  • Kristin Smith, of Weimar (Physical Therapist Assistant).

front row, left to right: Gabrielle Matocha, Kristin Smith, Shee Marie Besch
back row, left to right: Prof. Audrey Wick, Heather Girndt, Dustin Davis

The essays were originally written as classroom assignments for Humanities Professor Audrey Wick’s "Composition and Rhetoric" or "Composition and Introduction to Literature" course during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Wick explained that this summer, each student autonomously edited and submitted his or her own work. Then, Pearson announced at the end of September that these papers from Blinn College—Schulenburg would receive this distinction:

"Pearson Publishing Co. is a publisher of the students’ own English textbook at Blinn," Wick said. "What a high honor it is for them to recognize the work of these students and use it to help other college students learn what constitutes effective, academic writing. I could not be more proud of these outstanding writers."

Pearson will use the papers as part of their suite of technology-based online work laboratories for college writing students, with these papers specially chosen for use in their MyCompLab, MyLiteratureLab and MyTechCommLab applications, which cater to freshman and sophomore college English students. Each lab provides electronic resources in an effort to engage students and help them foster an understanding of research skills, academic analysis, literature and document design.
In addition to publication acceptance, each student received a $25 Amazon gift card in appreciation for their work.