Monday, October 25, 2010

Congrats to Vol State TRIO students!

The TRIO Student Support Services Program at Vol State is pleased to congratulate Corrine Aguilar, Carol Bazenet, John Fields, Shellie Leach and Helen Nash for their outstanding achievements in the 2010 national TRIO Quest activities sponsored by the University of Washington. All five Vol State TRIO students advanced to the Quarterfinalist round of the PhotoEssay competition, and Carol Bazenet, John Fields and Helen Nash advanced to the Semifinals. In the Finals for post-secondary programs, John Fields won the Silver Award for his PhotoEssay entitled “The Last 300 Miles”, and Helen Nash won the top prize, the Best of Contest Award, for her PhotoEssay entitled “A Different Kind of Hunt”.

TRIO Quest is a national competition that invites TRIO students from around the country to participate in one or more of three web activities: Media Quest, PhotoEssay, and TRIO Sites. All three activities are open to all college and pre-college TRIO programs. The PhotoEssay competition is an individual competition and requires students to create written material that is enhanced by images that are manipulated for the web and that support the overall theme of the written material.

According to the University of Washington TRIO Training office, the TRIO Quest competition was very tough this year, with record entries. With guidance from over 500 TRIO staff, over 2,000 TRIO students participated in the 2010 TRIO Quest activities. TRIO programs submitted 600 individual PhotoEssays for judging and, from those 600 PhotoEssays, 30 essays (5%) made it to the final judges.

TRIO Quest was first funded by the Department of Education to encourage TRIO students and programs to begin to master 21st century learning skills. TRIO Quest activities promote and support the use of today's technology by TRIO staff and students by providing opportunities to learn research, writing, image capture and editing, audio and video production, and web design skills. These competitions and all program support are directed by the TRIO Training Program at the University of Washington.

To learn more about these extraordinary projects, and to view the winning entries, visit or

These award-winning works are examples of what happens when students embrace 21st century skills and an exciting educational challenge.

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