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Competition Winners

1997-1998 Technical Communication Award Competition Winners

Each year, the Washington, DC - Baltimore Chapter conducts the Austin T. Brown Technical Communication Award Competition for high school students in grades 10-12. This local competition supports excellence in technical communication at the high school level and encourages the next generation to consider technical writing as a career goal. The best papers win cash awards: $1000 for Distinguished, $500 for Excellence, $300 for Merit, and $50 for Honorable Mention. The papers are judged in terms of their objectivity, clarity, overall impact, and the extent to which the significance of the topic is shown.

The local competitions are held in the fall. The top winners are entered in the International Student Technical Writing Competition (ISTWC), which takes place in February. This competition provides a unique avenue for international recognition. Awards in the international competition are $1000 for Distinguished, $500 for Excellence, $300 for Merit, and a certificate for Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to all the student writers who won awards in the Washington, DC - Baltimore Chapter's Austin T. Brown Technical Communication Award Competition!

Student Grade Subject School Teacher
Distinguished
David P. Horowitz 10 The Causes and Uses of Bioluminescence J.E.B. Stuart High School
Falls Church, VA
Ms. Jill Maria Williams
Excellence
Elizabeth Coker 11 Auroras: From Solar Plasma to Quantum Leaps Quince Orchard High School
Gaithersburg, MD
Mr. Gerald A. Link
Merit
Calvert W. Jones 11 Sex Differences in the Brain: The Neural Gap Between Males and Females Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD
Mr. John Andersen
Honorable Mention
Brian Joseph Burke 12 Determination of the Vegetative Status of a Year-Old Mitigated Wetland in Warrenton, Virginia Using Weighted Averages, Relative Frequencies, and Importance Values Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Alexandria, VA
Mr. Dennis McFaden
Stephanie Custer 12 Dynamic Cytoskeletal Localization of pRB Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD
Mrs. Clare Von Secker
Sara Kuperstien 12 Autism: Part of Our World; Not a World Apart Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD
Mrs. Melanie Hudock
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer 11 The Use of Indicators to Test the Circulation in Swimming Pools Lake Braddock Secondary School
Burke, VA
Ms. Linda M. Townley
Kristin Caire Sokol 12 The Challenge of Genetic Engineering The Holton-Arms School
Bethesda, MD
Dr. Allan W. Olsen

For more information, contact Betty Montgomery, Education Committee Manager, at
301-622-4912 (home), 301-601-4694 (work), (Secretary: 301-601-0302), 301-601-0308 (fax) or by e-mail at

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