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."