The Ohio State University at Marion


​"In My Own Words": Marion Campus Relaunch

The “In My Own Words” freshman writing series continued this semester, highlighting the powerful student stories we encounter in the classroom. Formerly a project with CSCC-Delaware during our partnership phase, “In My Own Words” showcases exemplary narrative writing in freshman composition courses, including English 1109 and 1110.

The participating sections, along with the top three essays in each one, are listed here. Additionally, essays were read and judged by a panel of judges unaffiliated with the class sections: “Story of an Oak” and “Silver Linings” were selected as the top two essays, and received $20 gift cards. All other participants received $10 gift cards.

English 1110.01 (Sue Oakes, 9:30 a.m. Section)

First Place: "Story of an Oak" - Emily Hartschuh - a senior pre-dental major from Lykens, Crawford County, Ohio

Second Place: "Christmas in India" - Sayantan Basu - a freshman chemistry major from Powell, Ohio

Third Place: "American Family Values vs. USSR Family Values" - Savva Madar - a freshman CSE major living in Marion, Ohio

English 1110.01 (Sue Oakes, 4:30 p.m. Section)
First Place: "Silver Linings" - John Dible - a freshman nursing major

Second Place: "Racing in the Blood" - Isaiah Markley - a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Delaware, Ohio

Third Place: "For the Love of Music" - Carly Lukkarila - a freshman historical sciences major from Marion.

Sue Oakes is a writing, literature, and film studies instructor in the Departments of English and Comparative Studies at Ohio State Marion. She also teaches for the University's lifelong learning program (LEI) and is a volunteer tour guide at the Columbus Museum of Art.