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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!
|David P. Horowitz||10||The Causes and Uses of Bioluminescence||
J.E.B. Stuart High School
Falls Church, VA
|Ms. Jill Maria Williams|
|Elizabeth Coker||11||Auroras: From Solar Plasma to Quantum Leaps||
Quince Orchard High School
|Mr. Gerald A. Link|
|Calvert W. Jones||11||Sex Differences in the Brain: The Neural Gap Between Males and Females||
Richard Montgomery High School
|Mr. John Andersen|
|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
|Mr. Dennis McFaden|
|Stephanie Custer||12||Dynamic Cytoskeletal Localization of pRB||
Walt Whitman High School
|Mrs. Clare Von Secker|
|Sara Kuperstien||12||Autism: Part of Our World; Not a World Apart||
Walt Whitman High School
|Mrs. Melanie Hudock|
|Elizabeth Tandy Shermer||11||The Use of Indicators to Test the Circulation in Swimming Pools||
Lake Braddock Secondary School
|Ms. Linda M. Townley|
|Kristin Caire Sokol||12||The Challenge of Genetic Engineering||
The Holton-Arms School
|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 email at