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Creativity, competition and compelling stories characterized the student-driven multimedia presentation held Nov. 30 in the Reeve Memorial Union Theatre.

The winners and top five finalists of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s first-ever campus-wide multimedia contest were announced at the event. To enter the “I Chose UWO” contest, students submitted an essay, photo gallery or video explaining why they chose to attend UW Oshkosh.

Amanda Meddaugh, a senior psychology major from Franklin, Wis., earned first place with her unique essay and was awarded $500 toward textbooks at University Books & More and a personalized plaque. Other top contestants and their entries include:

  • Jennifer Droese, sophomore journalism major, essay, second place (tie)
  • Dana Wielgus, sophomore dual education major, essay, second place (tie)
  • Brittney Presser, senior education major, essay, third place
  • Brittney Berna, senior radio-TV-film major, video, fourth place
  • Ryan Delwiche, sophomore graphic communication major, photo gallery, fifth place

The awards ceremony featured a final multimedia video that included contestant interviews and more insight into the contest entries. The video can be viewed at the UW Oshkosh’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/uwosh.

“We all have a story,” said Pat Goetz, a journalism major who wrote an essay for the contest. “I didn’t even know there was a university here, but now I know this is where I belong.”

Three contest judges scored entries in creativity and uniqueness, passion for UW Oshkosh and execution of the selected theme.

“It was a good representation of how in-tune students are to the core values of the University,” said Mike Cowling, contest judge and journalism department chair. “Overall the quality of ideas was very good.”

Students overwhelmingly agreed that the quaint feel of campus, along with outstanding professors and involvement opportunities, attracted them to UW Oshkosh.

“Here, I truly do not just feel like a number. I feel like me,” Jennifer Droese wrote in her essay. “Professors get to know you by name. I feel connected to people my age, and I know that I can enjoy appropriate, fun activities on campus.”

For more information about the I Chose UWO multimedia contest visit, www.uwosh.edu/home/i-chose-uwo.

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