WDCB Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night a Smashing Success!

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This blog post is republished with permission from the author, our own Ugur Akinci. Read the original post on his Technical Communication Center – Technical Writing & Communication Tips, Tutorials, and Trends blog.

STC Washington D.C. – Baltimore Chapter (STC WDCB) had a successful Competition Awards Banquet and Networking Night yesterday (13 March 2013) at Carmine's, one of the premiere Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The winners of the chapter's 2012-2013 Technical Communication Summit Awards were honored for their superior work. It was a great uplifting occasion, a unique opportunity to appreciate some of the best examples of technical communication while enjoying great food and sampling Carmine's delicious house wine.

Here is the full list of all the winners.

On display were all the competition winning documents, including a website that displayed on the flat-screen monitor. The guests could get their hands on some of the best work in our profession, appreciate their quality, and read snippets of what our judges had to say.

It surely was a magical night and a great opportunity to broaden our network and make new friends.

Here are some selected visual highlights from the banquet and awards ceremony:

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If you weren’t there we hope you can join us next year…

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Best of Show award winners Lisa Hylton (L) and Scott Tillett (R) of National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) – Washington Operations receiving their award from Carolyn Kelley Klinger (middle), STC WDCB Past President, for their publication From Research to Reality — A Missile Defense Agency Technology Applications Report. The exquisite publication was as close to anyone will ever get to a flawless printed document. Other members of the winning team are Joe Singleton and Joan Zimmermann who unfortunately couldn't make it to the banquet. Fantastic job NTTC!

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The winning contest entries were on display for the appreciation of the banquet participants.

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The chapter judges were delighted to receive so many high-quality entries this year…

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Viqui Dill, our chapter’s indefatigable Social Media Manager and a competition judge, did a wonderful job as MC during the icebreaker opening of the banquet.

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Members of the Best Student Entry Team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia were among those honored at the banquet. Team members included Rachel Chuang, Esther Wang, George Wang, Tina Ju, Kinsey Moser, Allison Wang, Zeming Lin, Pali Singh, Melanie Kim, Jacqueline Speiser, and Stephanie Melendez. The award winner Teknos: The Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology is the kind of publication that should be studied and emulated by all technical publication teams across the country. John Woodwell, the faculty sponsor, said the reason why the team participates in the contest frequently is because of the high-quality feedback and review notes that they receive from hard-working STC WDCB judges.

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Rebecca Jung of Westinghouse Electric Company received her Award of Excellence for Guide for Effective Corporate and Technical Writing. Good job Rebecca!

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Mary Saunders, Nancy Mulé, and Tiffany Newland of American Woodmark Corporation receiving theirAward of Merit for Work Center Manager Online Help. Mary Saunders, our chapter’s Secretary, has also served this year as a competition judge (many thanks!).

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Another proud and happy winner: Lauren Anthone of National Cancer Institute (NCI) accepted her Award of Merit for National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Reporting Program Registration Site User's Guide.Lauren, well done!

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Veteran technical communicator and long-time chapter leader Charlotte Glenn received her well-deserved STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award from our Past President Carolyn Klinger. For this competition, Charlotte Glenn also served as Competition Co-Manager and Entries Manager. Charlotte, thank you!

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Another STC veteran, Annette Reilly, performed superbly and did all the heavy lifting as our Competition Manager. Annette, thank you!

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Our Past President Carolyn Klinger sharing a tender moment with her friend Viqui Dill as she presented STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award for Viqui's tireless volunteer work on behalf of our members. Viqui, thank you!

Also receiving the prestigious Distinguished Chapter Service Award in absentia was Eric Anest, our Chapter Past Treasurer and an all-around good guy. Eric, thank you!

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Did we mention that Carmine's got the best pasta in the whole wide world?!

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Ugur Akinci

I'm an award-winning technical communicator and copywriter with over 20 years of experience in all kinds of writing ranging from journalism and technical documents to web content and direct sale letters. I joined STC and the chapter in 2001. I currently serve as the chapter's Membership Manager.