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When Trinity Christian College business major Julie Shoemaker, a senior from Tucson, Arizona, found out that an essay she wrote had won top honors in a national contest, she was "shocked."

"It was a huge answer to my prayers," she said upon learning of the $1000 award she received for winning the Al Sanders Scholarship Program essay contest.

The contest was sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters Association, an organization of Christian communicators that fosters electronic media access for the Gospel and promotes standards of excellence. Shoemaker will be recognized at the NRB national convention in Nashville this February.

The topic of her essay was "The Abercrombie & Fitch Syndrome," elaborating on the Christian's response to culture's obsession with immoral behavior. Shoemaker submitted her entry at the encouragement of Dr. Annalee Ward, Trinity's communication arts department chair.

"I wrote about the kinds of advertising messages that the company uses to sell its products and its effects on society. I was really passionate about this subject, and it was good for me to get my ideas on paper. When I found out that I had won, I was shocked."

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