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ACAF 2014 Graduate Student Essay Competitions Winners Announced

The 2014 ACA Foundation Graduate Student Essay competitions have come to a close and the 32 winning essayists are identified below. A record 400 essays were submitted for the annual competition, exceeding the 2013 entries by 139 essays.

ACA student members were competing for prizes in two essay competitions, the Future School Counselors Essay Competition (sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust) and the Graduate Student Essay Competition (sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey). Formal recognition of the winning essayists will take place at the ACA Conference and Exposition, March 27-30, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey Graduate Student Essay Competition

Grand Prize Winner:  Everett Painter, University of Tennessee

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Brad Carmichael, Old Dominion University
  • Julia Olson, Regis University
  • Sara Pomerantz, University of Vermont
  • Erin Wenzel, Antioch University Seattle
  • Tanya Willson, Barry University  

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Saihba Ali, Southern Methodist University
  • Elizabeth Ballenski, Colorado Christian University
  • Alice Boertje, Concordia University Chicago
  • Justin Cook, Missouri State University
  • David Ray Dingus, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Eric Esters, Argosy University
  • Katherine Kingra, Husson University
  • Arnold P. Sprague, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Justin Trout, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Lorilee Virnig, St. Mary’s of Minnesota

Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay for Future School Counselors

Grand Prize Winner:  Claire Nawojchik, University of Virginia

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Mary Feamster, Appalachian State University
  • Miranda Pool, Vanderbilt University
  • Laura Preston, Campbell University
  • Danielle Sheppard, Northeastern Illinois University
  • MaryBeth Yeaman, Purdue University

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Emily Bess, University of Virginia
  • Sisi L. Chen, University of Rochester Warner School of Education
  • Emily R. Hess, The George Washington University
  • Norma Leaf, Johns Hopkins University
  • Holly Shepherd, University of Virginia
  • Joe Murphy, Jr., University of Tennessee
  • Amanda Shapiro, Purdue University
  • Kristin Studle, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Tyler W. Wasson, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Jessie Youngblood, University of Northern Colorado

 

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Morgan Spurlock is Opening Keynote Speaker for ACA's 2014 Conference And Expo

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Sep 05, 2013
Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, director, and producer best known for his immersive explorations of the social issues that both directly and indirectly shape the choices and life paths of our clients, students, colleagues… and ourselves. As a man with his finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing society, Spurlock will share experiences, insights, and reflections from the front lines of American culture.
Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award-Nominated Director of Super Size Me and Documentary Filmmaker
March 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



His first feature length film, Super Size Me, played in more than 100 countries, influenced school lunch programs across the nation, empowered millions to change their own eating habits, and eliminated super size options from the world’s largest fast food chain. The film was also used by senators, congressmen, and lobby groups as a call to action for multiple food and education related causes.

Other accomplishments include: the critically acclaimed FX program, 30 Days, which dealt with such polarizing issues as the minimum wage, prison reform, abortion, and gun control; Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, which was named “one of the most important films of the year” by the Islamic Society of North America; The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice!; the film adaptation of the best selling book Freakonomics; and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement, which was funded by branding, advertising, and product placement, and made some serious points about the ubiquity of branding in our daily lives. 

In April 2012, Spurlock’s released the documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan's Hope, which follows a group of attendees around the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. A month later, his doc Mansome hit theaters, which features an all-star cast of commentators including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis who hilariously opine on the grooming habits of the 21st century man.

In 2013, Spurlock returned to TV as host and producer of the CNN original series, Inside Man. Each week Spurlock provides an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.