Actr Essay Contest 2015

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NPSREC Past Topics and Winners 

2013

TopicCompare yourself to who you were four years ago. What has changed? What has stayed the same?/ Сравните себя, каким вы были четыре года назад и каким вы стали теперь.  Что изменилось? Что осталось неизменным?    

First Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Jovan Damjanovic, Amherst College
Naoki Tokoro, Swarthmore College

Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Grace Mitchell, University of Chicago
Christian Millian, Harvard University
Michelle Schulte, Kenyon College

Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Max Lawton, Columbia University
Jason Kancylarz, Rutgers University
Sarah Mills, Lewis & Clark College

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Joshua O'Brien, University of Notre Dame
Tanner Strickland, Harvard University
Averi Crockett, Brigham Young University
Michael Beam, Pomona College
Alexander Jiang, Columbia University
Brian Chung, Boston College
Adam Marjai, Kenyon College
Lillian Jamison-Cash, Swarthmore College
Emily Nason, Kenyon College
Liam Leonard-Solis, Kenyon College
Andrew Krogman, Portland State University
Elisa Ronzheimer, Yale University
Kevin Otradovec, University of Chicago
Dylan Gilbert, Middlebury
Michaela Vebrova, Colgate University
Dylan Ogden, Kenyon College
Abigail Holtzman, Swarthmore College
Patrick Johnson, Harvard University
Simon  Szybist, Kenyon College
Mackenzie Stricklin, Dickinson College
Ahmed Sarhan, Yale University
Benjamin Fallon, Colgate University
Sloan Davis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paula Meltser, Colgate University
Raul Aguilar, Rutgers University
Alexandra Vreeman, Pomona College
Michelle Mayro, Columbia University

First Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Nathan Evans, Defense Language Institute
Alexander Turpin, University of Rochester

Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Dakota  Whistler, University of Montana-Missoula
Mariana Irby, Bryn Mawr College
Sara Crawford, Sewanee-The University of the South

Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Linda Kleinfeld, Sewanee-The University of the South
Jillian Wuorenma, Mount Holyoke College

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2)
James Browning, Carleton College
Eve Zuckerman, University of Chicago
Jacqueline Lender, Harvard University
Peter Nilsson, Swarthmore College
Ellen Parker, Brandeis University
Sydney Treuer, Yale University
Kaylin Land, Carleton College
Eric Cioffi, Miami University
Joe Babue, Brandeis University
Siobhan Harrity, Williams College
Pravin Barton, Swarthmore College
Lillian  Langford, Harvard University
Katherine Palomares, Lewis & Clark College
Lirsen  Myrtaj, College of William and Mary
Lucas Padovani, Brandeis University
Johann Amberger, Kenyon College
Suzanne Freeman, Columbia University
Lilian Dube, University of Chicago
Justin Davis, University of Montana-Missoula
Sean Keeley, Boston College
Caroline Lyell, University of Mississippi
Michael Flanagan, University of Pennsylvania
Cyrus Newlin, Swarthmore College

First Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3)
David Smythe, Tufts University

Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Jordan Callister, Brigham Young University
Jonathan Mahoney, Brigham Young University
Moe Nakayama, University of Chicago

Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Garrett McClintock, Brigham Young University
Emily Ziffer, Tufts University

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Liqi Dong, Yale University
Joyce Lim, Princeton University
Ashley  Moe, Portland State University
Koji Takagi, Brigham Young University
Lars Spjut, Brigham Young University
Tianyuan Zhang, Bryn Mawr College
Rachel Woods, Middlebury
Christopher Sarter-Soto, Portland State University
Sophie Mankins, Bryn Mawr College
John Nunes, Brandeis University
Ana Frigo, Lewis & Clark College
First Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 4)
Ed Hicks, Harvard University
Aliya Candeloro, University of Maryland, College Park

Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 4)
Eleanor Nurmi l, University of Chicago
Claire Atwood, Harvard University
Daniele Leonetti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 4)
Adam Gardner, Brigham Young University
Kurt Van Wagenen, Brigham Young University

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 4)
Marta Burova, Harvard University
Erin Hutchinson, Harvard University
Sarah Lass, Kenyon College
Todd Long, Portland State University
Kei Sato, Harvard University
Beau Birdsall, Yale University
First Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Helen Sdvizhkov, University of Chicago
Maria Stoianova, Georgetown University

Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Tatiana Denisova, Pomona College
Margret Kvach, Portland State University
Anna Volski, Rutgers University

Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Inna Pinkhasova, University of California, Los Angeles
Elena Volokho, University of Maryland, College Park

Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 1)
Yelena Muratova, University of California, Los Angeles
Dmitry Ramirez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Irina Pidberejna, University of Central Florida

First Place (Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Ecaterina Toutok, University of Rochester
Serhiy Plaksin, Temple University

Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Ivan Ivashchenko, United States Military Academy
Anna Tropnikova, University of Chicago
Timur Brodskiy, University of Mississippi

Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Ruslan Lobov, Defense Language Institute
Alexander Savchuk, University of Maryland, College Park

Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 2)
Kristina Clinton, Purdue University
Janelle Santiago, University of Maryland, College Park
Anita Pechenenko, Yale University

First Place (Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Georgy Shatskiy, University of California, Los Angeles
Arpi Grigoryan, University of Mississippi

Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Katerina Solomanjuk, Lewis & Clark College
Vasiliy Nam, College of Charleston
Tatyana Avilova, Harvard University

Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Tatiana Galushkina, University of California, Los Angeles
Kenan Seyidov, University of Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 3)
Andrei Tcacenco, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sara Miller, University of California, Los Angeles
Setsen Altan-Ochir, Cornell College
Teachers with questions about the essay contest should contact:

Jennifer Bown, PhD
Department of German and Russian
Brigham Young University
3095 JFSB
Provo, Utah 84602
801-422-3207
jennifer_bown@byu.edu

Notes from Nominators

“Thank you in advance for all of your hard work on behalf of Russian students across the country! I know that our students really love to receive this award and it is a great way to promote the study of Russian language and culture.”  

“Thank you for your sponsorship of the ACTR award. Each year at our graduation celebration, when we present the award, everyone is very pleased at this recognition of an outstanding student. This year we will be even more pleased.”

“We're so glad to have this chance for our finest students to gain recognition from our field.”

“Our students absolutely love receiving the award, and giving it out has become a regular part of our end-of-semester reception for our graduating seniors.”

“… thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity, ... Julia will be thrilled to receive the award, and it will be certainly helpful to her when she applies to graduate programs.”

“Thank you for doing this work to celebrate our students!  We all appreciate it.”

“This is a wonderful program, and we are lucky to have another superb candidate this year.”

“Thanks again for coordinating this great program. It's so nice to be able to reward fabulous students each year!”

“It is really quite a valuable way of recognizing our best, and I am thrilled to give my student such an award.”

“I remain a big fan of the program and all it does for our field. Thank you so much for all of your work! If I can ever be of help promoting the program, just let me know!”

Post Secondary Russian Scholar
Laureate Award

 The ACTR Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award (PSRSLA) is a free program offered to U.S. Russian language departments and programs.
                         2017 marked PSRSLA 10th anniversary! 

Organized under the auspices of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), the PSRSLA seeks to provide national recognition for our outstanding junior and senior university-level students -- those students who best embody an enthusiasm for and love of things Russian. ACTR provides this program as a service to the profession. We encourage every Russian program to take advantage of this opportunity to publicly recognize their top junior or senior students. 

Participate in PSRSLA and let our best and brightest know that we appreciate their work and value their commitment to all things Russian. Individual Russian departments and programs, not ACTR, decide which of their students are most deserving of this award. All laureates receive ACTR certificates and letters.    

Nomination period:  January 1st – February 28. No late nominations accepted.
Award certificates are mailed to nominators by April 1.

History note:In 2007, Ben Rifkin and Jane Shuffelton,  members of ACTR Board of Directors, suggested expanding the ACTR Russian Scholar Laureate Award, which at that time was open only to secondary-level Russian language programs, to college and university programs. That marked the beginning of the ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award (PSRSLA). Cynthia A. Ruder, a member of ACTR Board of Directors and PSRSLA Chair from 2007 to 2012 designed the format of this award and worked hard to reach out to as many Russian programs as possible, bringing the number of participants from twenty institutions in 2007 to fifty in 2012.  John Schillinger, Chair of the Committee on College and Pre-College Russian (CCPCR), as well as the SEELANGS listserve, have continuously provided invaluable help in spreading information about this award to an ever-growing number of programs.

Nomination Form

Questions? Suggestions? Complaints?
Contact Alla Smyslova,
 PSRSLA Chair
as2157@columbia.edu 

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