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Fourth Annual Writing Showcase Hosted by RCC’s English Department On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, RCC’s English Department hosted its fourth annual Writing Showcase in the BB&T Room of the Workforce Development Center. The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate student achievement in nonfiction, research writing and be encouraged by a guest speaker, a published author. At this year’s event, local author Hector Miray was the keynote speaker. Miray is the writer of Faith & Fandom, a book series that focuses on the intersection of God and Geek Culture. Each book is comprised of essays drawing spiritual parallels between faith and a wide assortment of pop culture and fandoms. He is also a former writer for Clevver Movies and Screen Junkies News networks having written over 130 episodes for their networks and series. Miray sets up displays and sells his books at more than 20 Comic Cons a year. Miray is originally from St. Pauls, NC. He has served as a minister in the Lumberton region for more than 15 years. He is a founder and former director of Camp Grace in Fairmont, NC. He is the former Associate/Youth/Collegiate Pastor of Berea Baptist Church in Pembroke, NC. He currently serves as the Location Pastor of Vertical Church. His wife Danyelle Miray is an instructor at Robeson Community College in the Respiratory Therapy department. The couple and their three daughters live in Lumberton, NC. You can visit Hector’s website at https://www.facebook.com/FaithAndFandom/ Before Miray spoke, three RCC students were honored for their exceptional writing skills displayed in the classroom. Students were nominated by their instructors and members of the English department selected the top three writing samples to highlight at the Writing Showcase. Each student honoree shared a portion of her writing with the audience. Taina Kimbrell, a Radiography hopeful, was nominated for her First Impressions Analysis essay written for Mrs. Daniela Newland’s English 111 class. Taina analyzed the first chapter of NC author Ron Rash’s novel One Foot in Eden. Elizabeth Rea Van Eck, a nursing hopeful, shared her literature review paper that was written for Mrs. Crystal Edmonds’s ENG 112 course. Elizabeth researched and wrote on a controversial issue. The titl e of her review was “Is it Ethical for a Nurse to instill false hope in his or her patient?” Early College High School student Bailey Williamson, an Associate in Arts major, was nominated for a paper she wrote as part of her requirements for Honors College under the direct of Mrs. Daniela Newland and Dr. Gaylyn Eddy. Her paper focused on Supernova and the death of stars. Bailey’s mentor for this research was Mr. Dave Gavasci, RCC’s Physics and Astronomy instructor. All three of these ladies did an outstanding job both in their writings and in their presentations of their work. Mrs. Wendy Fields, English instructor, commented that more students were nominated this year than in the three previous years and the quality of the work was most impressive. Great job and congratulations to these outstanding writers! 23