IRSC DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENT ANDREW CAPUTO
WINS NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST
Andrew Caputo is one of three winners selected from over 340 contest entries submitted for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Community College Week Scott Wright Student Essay Contest.
The contest encourages students to submit essays describing how a faculty member, staff member or administrator helped them complete a course, finish a semester or graduate from college.
Andrew, 16, a Dual Enrollment student attending IRSC and Fort Pierce Central High School, wrote “From Required to Desired.” The essay focused on how a friendly learning environment at IRSC allowed him to enjoy learning.
He was apprehensive about taking a Spanish class. His professor, Lori Fry, exposed him to the language and culture of the Hispanic world, allaying his fears. She organized activities for the class with students in the English as a Second Language program so the students could talk about their cultures. In addition to learning Spanish, Andrew grew to appreciate the value of education and the privileges of being an American.
Andrew and Professor Fry were recognized at the NISOD International Conference in Austin, Texas, where Andrew read his winning essay from the stage.
Andrew is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree at IRSC and plans to continue his education in political science or law.
You can read Andrew’s essay here on ccweek.com. Congratulations, Andrew!