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Capital District EOC Announces Winners of EOC Directors' Essay Competition

CONTACT: Marilyn Shapiro (518) 273-1900 Ext. 2226
FOR RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2010

Dr. Lucille Marion has announced the center's winners in the Association of Educational Opportunity Center Directors, Inc. essay contest. Sala Galloway, who is currently enrolled in the EOC's Business Program, took first prize for her moving account of how her EOC education has given her "restored hope." She stated, "I'm a better mother, a better friend, I'm a better person overall."

Ms. Galloway was recognized with other center's first place winners at the reception held at The Sign of the Tree on Saturday, Feb. 13, in conjunction with the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. The top three winners from the state contest were from the Syracuse, Buffalo, and Manhattan EOCs.

Lisa Murdock, a Business enrollee, won second prize for her essay that expressed her gratitude to the EOC community for "opening my mind to the fact that I can reach for the stars and not have to be an astronaut to get there." Brian Crane, an Academic enrollee, won third prize for his account of how the EOC gave him opportunities for an education and a career.

The Capital District EOC received numerous essays on the assigned topic, "What participation in the EOC means to me and my future." The essays were judged by an internal committee that included members of the faculty, counseling staff, and administration. The EOC provided cash gifts to the top three winners of $50, $35, and $25 respectively.

The winning essays as well as excerpts from other essays are posted on the EOC Web page.