Winners of the ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

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Two Winners of the 16th Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the Sixteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. In this year’s contest, there were 1,087 essays submitted from 68 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Three judges read each essay and independently ranked them.

I hope that these awards encourage your students to continue their study of Russian language and culture. Please thank all of your students who participated in the contest and made it the tremendous success that it was. Finally, I would like to thank you for encouraging your students to participate and for coordinating the contest at your home institution.

The winners will be announced on SEELANGS and in the ACTR Newsletter.

Once again, thank you for your help in making this contest a meaningful experience for your students.  I look forward to collaborating with you again next year.


Tony Brown, NPSREC Chairperson

Topic: “A very interesting day in my life. / Очень интересный день в моей жизни.”

Gold Medal (Category B, Level 2)
Iryna Varshchuk, University of Maryland  (Instructor: Inna Hardman)
Honorable Mention (Category B, Level 2)
Maria Skibniewska, University of Maryland (Instructor: Zhanna Vernola)