Bay College Students Win State Writing Awards


Each year, Bay College and all of Michigan’s community colleges, participate in the Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Writing Competition. During the fall semester, any current Bay College student was eligible to submit up to three entries in each of three categories: fiction, poetry, and essay. The top two entries in each category advanced to the state competition.

This year, Bay College had two state-level winners among entries from all 28 Michigan community colleges. Emma Tebo’s “The Morning Doesn’t Reveal All” was awarded the first-place prize in fiction. Samantha Gaudino’s “My Landlord Bill” claimed a second-place prize in the essay category.

Tebo, a dual-enrolled student from Stephenson, is currently a sophomore at Stephenson High School. After high school, she would like further her education and major in wildlife biology with a minor in creative writing.

Gaudino, a 2015 Gladstone High School graduate, is pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts with a focus on journalism.

An awards ceremony and presentation of prizes will be held at the LAND awards luncheon on Friday, February 7, at the annual LAND Conference in Ann Arbor. The award-winning story and essay will be published this spring in Bay College’s annual literary and art magazine Serendipity.