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February 24, 2014

Jefferson native wins SUNY-wide essay contest


“I found the database very helpful,” Harasimowicz said. “It was very easy to use.” 

Harasimowicz said she thinks other students would also find the new database helpful and said she would encourage the college to invest in making it permanently available for future students.

With one minor in Africana and Latino Studies and another in Women and Gender Studies, Harasimowicz said she is intrigued by contrasting cultures, sexes and gender identifications and the inner-workings of each. Last semester, Harasimowicz received the college’s prestigious “Best and Brightest Award” and was also the recipient of the Dorothy Wemple ‘36 Scholarship for English majors her freshman year.

“Christy’s achievement is a testimony to her intelligence and diligence,” said Eileen Morgan-Zayachek, interim dean of SUNY Oneonta’s School of Arts and Humanities. “She has successfully used her training in English classes to conduct sophisticated research and analyze anew the ways 18th-century literature operated vis-a-vis gender assumptions.”

Harasimowicz, who makes the 45-minute commute every day from her home in Jefferson, works at Lowe’s in Oneonta and is a member of SUNY Oneonta’s radio station, WONY. She said she hopes to do an independent study during her senior year regarding Native American masculinity and possibly a student research project on society’s changing understandings of homosexuality.

Will she look into getting her essay published? Not right away, said Harasimowicz. But she plans on attending graduate school after her time at SUNY Oneonta is up. Harasimowicz said she would enjoy being a professor in the future, having been inspired by many of her teachers, both at Jefferson Central School and SUNY Oneonta. Jonathan Sadow, she said, is one such professor. Harasimowicz said Sadow encouraged the students in his class to enter the SUNY-wide contest.

So what grade did Sadow give Harasimowicz for her award-winning essay?

“I got an A!” said Harasimowicz.




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