English professor Jason Casem, read an essay written by the third prize winner Stephanie Martinez "My Inspiration for Equality" at the Creative Essay Wrting Contest for Women's History Month held at LAC Fishbowl in Building E, Thursday, March 27 from noon to 1pm
English professor Jason Casem, read an essay written by the third prize winner Stephanie Martinez “My Inspiration for Equality” at the Creative Essay Wrting Contest for Women’s History Month held at LAC Fishbowl in Building E, Thursday, March 27 from noon to 1pm

By Miguel Espinoza /Staff Writer

More than $900 was awarded to three student participants in a competition for creative essay writing on Thursday, March 27, in celebration of women’s history month. The award money was from a grant through the LBCC English Majors and Minors Club. First prize winner Kelly Hodis won a $500 check with her essay “Kathleen Hanna: Feminism through Punk Rock.”

After the event Hodis’ nervously said “I was surprised when I heard I won first place. I don’t believe this was my best work.” Second place winner Emma Stewart won a $300 check with her “This Woman Moves Mountains.” Stephanie Martinez came in third place with her “My Inspiration for Equality” Martinez won a check for $100. ASB used Alexandria Chavez, 21, VP of the English majors and minors club, and Patrick Shaffer, 21, President of the English majors and minors club to judge essay submissions.

Chavez says, “Judging the essays was a really great experience, it brought in a new aspect to the competition and allowed for student’s essays to be evaluated by their peers. I also got to get a feel for how things work in the background, and see how hard it really is to evaluate so many good essays. It was great to see what people are writing about and the kind of people that inspire them as well.”

Shaffer says, “We had one day to judge the essays. We had 30 submissions, but of those we had seven that were really well made. Out of those seven we spent one or two days deliberating amongst ourselves through emails at the club meetings to choose the best three essays. It was a really hard decision because there were so many good essays.  Working behind the scenes was really constructive for me as a writer. Judging and grading was a great experience because I want to become a professor in the future, and it felt really good to be doing something important.”