Event Review: Chapter Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and Chapter Recognitions

The annual Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and chapter volunteer recognitions event is the highlight of the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's events calendar. This year's event was a standout dinner event, combining outstanding food and hospitality, a great speaker, and awards.

On April 18th, the WDCB chapter held its annual awards celebration at Il Positano Ristorante in Bethesda. Il Positano provided impeccable hospitality, delectable Italian food, sumptuous desserts, plenty of wine, and space for competition awardees to display their work. The writing team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, who won the 2017-18 competition's Best of Show for Defining Innovations: A History of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, discussed their book, the years of effort that went into its creation, and how it was created. The book is an outstanding technical achievement.

Wendy Wagner-Smith from the U.S. Dept. of Treasury wowed with her keynote about how technical communicators are all plain language warriors. Her talk inspired everybody in the room to go forth and use plain language in their professional lives.

The dinner provided a great opportunity for competition awardees to display and discuss their respective works, including challenges faced and overcome. Attendees discussed job opportunities, career paths, new software, caught up with friends, or made new friends. The students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology impressed everyone with their knowledge and poise, and with their journal, Teknos, which won an award in the chapter's technical communication competition.

The evening concluded with the WDCB chapter giving out its chapter awards in recognition of volunteer services, including the President's Award to Ugur Akinci for his meritorious contributions to STC and the WDCB chapter.

It was a great night, and we hope to see you at next year's WDCB Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration in 2019.

Photo of some winners and attendees at the awards celebration
Winners and attendees at the awards celebration

Local-Level and International-Level Competition Winners Lists

Links to the winners lists

Chapter-Level Competition

STC international summit awards logo

On 7 February 2013, we announced the 2012-2013 Technical Summit Competition Winners of our Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter’s local-level Technical Summit Competition: https://events.stcwdc.org/2012-competition-winners-announced/. The page for the Winners List given in that post was updated to show which winners went on to win at the international level.

A gold star small Gold star marks the winning entries in the International Competition. Six entries from our chapter won International Competition awards this year!

New award ribbons with the chapter’s new logo on the ribbon are also shown on this page. Winners of our WDCB Chapter Technical Summit competition awards may freely duplicate our chapter award ribbons in resumes or company publications, and on Web sites or copies of the winning piece.


International Competition

On 22 May 2013, we announced the chapter’s winning entries that went on to win at the international level: https://events.stcwdc.org/2013-stc-international-summit-award-competition-winners-2/.

New STC award ribbons for the international-level competition are available for downloading at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-international-award-ribbons/. Winners of the international level competition may use the STC international award ribbons in resumes or company publications, on websites, or on reproductions of the winning piece. The international ribbons can not be used for chapter-level award winners.


Congratulations to Our Int’l Tech Pubs Competition Winners!

International BOS
International winner
International Winner

We are pleased to announce that all seven of our entries to the International Communication Technical Publications Competition won awards this year. One of them also won Best of Show! See 2008-2009 Competition Winners Lists for all our local competitions winners. Winners of the international competitions were on display at the Annual Conference (Technical Summit) in May. See past international winners at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-winners-wdcb/.

Winners List

  • Technical Publications
    • Best of Show & Distinguished: "Putting Theory into Practice: A Best Practices Approach to Developing Tax Instructions"; Contributers: Dr. Rita Roosevelt, Rasika Krishna, Eric Spears, and Erin Schmieder; Company: Kleimann Communication Group, Inc.
    • Distinguished: "NCRR Reporter"; Contributers: Lamont Williams, Palladian Partners; Joyce McDonald, NCRR; and Michael Fleishman, Palladian Partners; Company: Palladian Partners, Inc.
    • Distinguished: "VisionContent: Retriever for Reports Documentation Set "; Contributer: John Tremblay; Company: Metavante Image Solutions
    • Excellence: "Altarum Annual Report 2007"; Contributers: Liz Ritter, Marijka Lischak, and Mary Joscelyn; Company: Altarum Institute
    • Excellence: "NCRR Strategic Plan 2009-2013"; Contributers: Lamont Williams, Karen Eddleman, and Joan Barbour; Company: Palladian Partners, Inc.
    • Excellence: "Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector"; Contributers: Jack Eisenhauer, Katie Jereza, and Julie Chappell; Comapny: Energetics Incorporated
    • Merit: "Pictures of the Future (Spring and Fall 2008 editions)"; Contributer: Arthur F. Pease; Company: Siemens AG