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BSCTC Announces Essay Contest in Honor of Professor John P. Carroll

John CarrollThe first-ever John P. Carroll Essay Contest has been announced by Big Sandy CTC.  Open to high school and college students in eastern Kentucky, the contest has been created in honor of the late Professor John Carroll, who taught at the college for 20 years and served as the program coordinator of BSCTC’s Education Program.

The contest is open to all high school and college students in Eastern Kentucky. Essays must be between 500 to 700 words. Submissions will be accepted until May 3, 2024. In a personal essay, participants should reflect on one of the following themes: Patience, Professionalism, Kindness, Simplicity, or GoodnessOR In a personal essay, describe what it means to be a simple man.

Winners will be announced in late May and will receive $100 First Place, $75 Second Place, and $50 Third Place. Email submissions (Word or PDF) to Dr. Mary Wallen, Include “John Carroll Essay Contest” in the subject line. 

Judging criteria will include originality of thought, clarity of expression, descriptive details, relevance to the theme, and overall impact.

The essay contest – with the writing themes – has been created to honor the wonderful legacy of Professor Carroll.

Dr. Denise King, BSCTC Provost, said, “John Carroll was a tireless advocate for students; he took the time to see each person's potential and sought to pave the way for their success. So many successful members of our community could point to him as a champion who supported them as they took on the challenge of collegiate work.”

For more information, contact Dr. Wallen at