Two Virginia Tech College of Engineering students captured top awards at the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association’s Dominion 2013-2014 Annual Collegiate Undergraduate Writing /Photo Contest.
The association honored the students at its annual meeting/conference in Charlottesville.
VOWA/Dominion Collegiate Contest Winner Victor Harangozo of Haymarket, Va., and a freshmen in general engineering, was awarded a cash prize by Dominion. His winning essay, “Mr. Crabs,” recounts a day of hunting for a trophy deer. His essay also won the Cooperative Living magazine Award, given by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives for the best entry related to Virginia.
Above, Harangozo (yellow shirt) accepts his award.
This award includes an additional cash prize and publication in the Cooperative Living. The theme for this year’s writing contest was a memorable outdoor experience or special interest.
“Spending so much of my time alone in the wilderness has made me who I am today,” said Harangozo, who wants to continue writing and “travel the world sharing my stories with those who don’t have the same opportunities.”
In a new category sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video, Sara Fleetwood, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering won the VOWA/Hunt’s Best Outdoor Photo Award. Her image, “Castle Rocks,” was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. (The winning photograph is at top of story.)
Sara (pictured above) received a gift certificate from Hunt’s. She enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, caving, and photography. Her goals include using her engineering skills at a biometric materials or outdoor gear company.
A lunch, with Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Joseph Ward in attendance, honoring the winners was sponsored by Dominion Power. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries also published the winning entries in The Outdoor Report.
—Copy courtesy Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, edited for clarity and length.