Four From MCC Win National Essay Awards

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 18, 2006) - A Manatee Community College (MCC) learning specialist and three adjunct instructors won cash awards in the 2006-07 Townsend Press Writing Contest for College Developmental Reading and Writing Teachers.

Louise Shuman, a Title III grant learning specialist and an MCC alumna, won a $500 fourth-place award. She was one of 20 fourth-place national winners. Shuman has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Florida. She is a Bradenton resident.

Fifth-place award winners from MCC who each received $100 are language and literature adjuncts Tomara Kafka, Erin McNulty and Karen Thompson. Kafka, a Sarasota resident, also assists students in the college's Academic Resource Center reading laboratory and is a free-lance writer who previously won a Silver Addy Award for copywriting from the American Advertising Federation. She has a bachelor's degree from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg. McNulty, a Bradenton resident, has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a master's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond. Thompson, a Palmetto resident, has a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College, Mass., and a master's degree form Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale.

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