Thank You to the Participants in the 2017-2018 Technical Communication Competition

Thank You to all the Judges

Thank you to the Judging Manager, Ann Ray, and to all the volunteer judges who reviewed and evaluated the entries to the 2017-2018 Technical Communication Competition.

  • Richard Bogacz
  • Jackie Damrau
  • Brian Dinterman
  • Sue Heim
  • Marsi Fein Miller
  • Nancy Mulé
  • Ann Ray
  • Tavia Record
  • Annette Reilly
  • Jennifer Staley
  • Marty Taylor
  • Lloyd Thompson-Taylor

The success of the competition depends on your dedication, time, and energy in judging the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter's Technical Communication Competition. We are honored to have your support and the competition can not be possible without you. Competition entrants frequently tell us that they appreciate the written feedback they receive from our judges. Your experienced and thoughtful feedback is the number one reason people enter the competition and is considered more important than the award itself.

List of Winners

We also want to thank all the technical communicators who submitted their work to the competition. An awards celebration was held in April to hand out the awards and honor the entrants, the judges, and the competition committee. (See the published event review.)

The full list of the winners with their entry names and awards is posted in the Competition Website at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-winners-2017-2018/

Awards & Entry Statistics

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The first column shows the entry statistics, the second column shows the number of awards.

Entry Statistics Award Breakdown
Total entries: 23
Total award winners: 18
Distinguished: 4
(includes 1 Publications Best of Show)
Excellence: 4
Merit: 10

Distinguished Technical Communication

Russ Banham, Magda Saina, Erin Richardson, Geoff Brown, Margaret Brown
Johns Hopkins APL

Erin Richardson, Ken Moscati, Diane Dorsey, Gloria Crites, Shannon Nelson, Matt Baughman
Johns Hopkins APL

Natalia Melcer, Marissa Mills, Stacey McCray, Holly Haun, Brent Hopwood
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kris Christen, Stacey McCray, Brett Hopwood, Judy Wyrick, Holly Haun, Peter Thornton
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Excellence

Caleb Heidel, Annie Marcotte, Claudia Yee
Johns Hopkins APL

Lindsay Kishter, Akhlesh Kaushiva, Hank Kenchington, Annie Best, Jennifer Ganss
Nexight Group

Joan Travis, Melissa Kulm, Chalon Emmons, Dave Jacowitz
Salesforce

Sally Heldrich, Leah Reesman, Rebecca Tanguay
Westat

Merit

BICSI Worldwide Headquarters, BICSI Technical Information and Methods Committee, TI&M OSPDRM 6th Edition Review Team”
BICSI

Lucinda Metzger
CA Technologies

Abbie Tioseco
ConnectWise

Abbie Tioseco
ConnectWise

Tracey Crowe, Phoebe Brown, Julie Chappell, Valerie Riedel, Chad Gallinat
Energetics Incorporated

Sarah Lichtner, Lindsay Pack, Jim Davis, Ross Brindle, Rob Foy, Jim Wetzel
Nexight Group

Jared Kosters, Lindsay Pack, Uday Vaidya, Jack Holmes, Ross Brindle
Nexight Group

Beth Ward, Lindsay Kishter, Jack Eisenhauer, Jim Carey, Jennifer Ganss, Ginger Norris, Mike Wallace
Nexight Group

Jason Grinblat, Veronica Schmiedeskamp, Ted Kuster
Salesforce

Liem Budzien, My-Linh Budzien
Thomas Jefferson High School

Thank you for participating and making the competition a success. We hope to see your entries in future competitions.

The 2018-2019 Competition

We are in the planning stages for the upcoming 2018-2019 Technical Communication Competition, which will open later this year. Watch for information about the deadline date and entry rules in the Competition website. Interested competition judges and competition sponsors should contact the competition manager, Tavia Record.

An Update to Our Competition Winners Lists

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We are always happy to receive information for our website that fills in missing information from the days of long gone paper records for our chapter history. Today, Peter Meyer, of the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, sent me a PDF of a newsletter, The Labor Exchange, April 1990. An item in the newsletter described the seven awards the Bureau had earned in the 1989-1990 competition. It also mentioned that there were over 200 entries that year and that other competitors from corporations, trade associations, and government agencies included IBM, GE, the American Chemical Society, the Census Bureau, and the Smithsonian Institution.

A new page was added to the stcwdc.org Archives for the 1989-1990 technical publications competition winners. The page is at https://archives.stcwdc.org/8990pwinners.shtml. Thank you Peter!

We'd Like Your Help

We want to fill in our missing history. If you have old newsletters or awards celebration programs that list winners from past (1955-1994) technical communication competitions and past student competition winners, we'd like to see them.

Several STC chapters have excellent history pages about their chapters. While we cannot match the impressive yearly history records of the Rocky Mountain chapter, we'd like to try to fill in our blanks as much as possible. Please review our list of Chapter Presidents and our lists of Fellows, Associate Fellows, and Distinguished Chapter & SIG Service Awards to see if you have names and citations we are missing. If you have any information about the chapter's early years, please send it to the Web Diva so we can add it to the site.

More Local Competition Winners Win International Summit Competition Awards

Five More Local Entries Won Merit, Excellence, and Distinguished Awards!

We are proud to announce that the STC Office let us know that five more winning entries from our local competition won awards at STC's International Summit Awards (ISA).

Previously Announced Winners

To see our two other winners announced earlier, please see the list at Our Local Competition Winners Win International Summit Competition Awards.

The Pocket Paper Engineer, How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step

Winner International Summit Award

The The Pocket Paper Engineer, How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step Volume 3 entry, submitted by Popular Kinetics, received an Award of Distinction in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Distinction in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Carol Barton. Contributors were Carol Barton and Eleni Smitham.

U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Annual Report 2012-2013

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Annual Report 2012-2013 entry, submitted by Energetics Incorporated, received an Award of Excellence in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Excellence in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Julie Chappell. Contributors were Matt Antes, Julie Chappell, Dylan Waugh, Namrata Rastogi, Robert Marlay, U.S. DOE, Gareth Williams, Valerie Riedel; Alex McLean, U.S. DOE; Lindsay Brumbelow, U.S. DOE; Burt Koske, Idaho National Laboratory.

Electric Grid Reliability and Resilience: Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy and Other Extreme Events

The Electric Grid Reliability and Resilience: Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy and Other Extreme Events entry, submitted by Energetics Incorporated, received an Award of Merit in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Excellence in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Julie Chappell. Contributors were Katie Jereza; Gareth Williams; Tommy Finamore; Ladeene Freimuth, GridWise Alliance; Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance; Lee Coogan, GridWise Alliance; Allan Schurr, GridWise Alliance; Pam Thornton.

Opower Online Help for Utility Customer Support Staff

The Opower Online Help for Utility Customer Support Staff entry, submitted by Opower, received an Award of Merit in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Excellence in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Richard Rabil, Jr. The contributor was Rebecca Glassman.

Public-Private Roundtables at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial

The Public-Private Roundtables at the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial entry, submitted by Energetics Incorporated, received an Award of Merit in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Excellence in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Julie Chappell. Contributors Dylan Waugh, Tracey Crowe, U.S. DOE, Julie Chappell, Valerie Riedel, Matt Antes, Kavita Ravi, U.S. DOE, Christie Ulman, U.S.DOE; Matthew Wittenstein, U.S. DOE; Paul Telleen, U.S. DOE; Graziella Siciliano, U.S. DOE; Graham Pugh, U.S. DOE.

Congratulations to all our winners!

WDCB local competition winners

Competition Winners 2013-2014
Winners of our local competitions are entitled to display the appropriate STC WDCB Competition Award Ribbons. Download the ribbons to promote your award. Winners of our WDCB Chapter Technical Summit competition awards may freely duplicate our chapter award ribbons in resumes or company publications, and on websites or copies of the winning piece.

WDCB's STC International Summit Awards (ISA) winners

2013-2014 International Technical Communication Summit Awards Competition Winners
Download the international ribbons to promote your award. 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.

Our Local Competition Winners Win International Summit Competition Awards

Our Local Entries Won Excellence, Distinguished, and Best of Show!

We are proud to announce that two of the entries that won Excellence or Distinguished awards in our annual STC Washington, DC-Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter Summit Competition won awards from STC's International Summit Awards (ISA).

LogiAnalytics Developer Network Website

Winner International Summit Award

The LogiAnalytics Developer Network Website entry, submitted by Logi Analytics, Inc., won an Award of Excellence in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry previously won an Award of Distinction and the Best of Show award for online media in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. Contributors included Lee Hausman and Jim Mouser.

The LogiAnalytics Developer Network Website provides information that helps customers succeed when using Logi Analytics products. The website includes a mechanism for managing product licenses, a forum-based community where users can discuss issues and techniques with developers, and access to a support portal. You can view the site at http://devnet.logianalytics.com/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=Default&rdRnd=92076.

Research Priorities for Tropical Ecosystems Under Climate Change

BOS International Summit Award

The Research Priorities for Tropical Ecosystems Under Climate Change entry, submitted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), received an Award of Distinction and also Best of Show in the 2014 STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. The entry won an Award of Distinction and the Best of Show award for printed media in the local Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter competition earlier this year. The entry was submitted by Judy Wyrick of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the contributors included Jeffrey Chambers, Richard Norby, Biological and Environmental Research Information System; Holly Haun, Kris Christen, Creative Media; Daniel Stover, Office of Biological and Environmental Research; Rosie Fisher, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Jefferson Hall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Steven Wofsy, Harvard; DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research; and the Research Priorities for Tropical Ecosystems Writing Team.

This report represents discussions and findings of a June 2012 workshop, during which attendees identified critical scientific gaps that limit the ability to model tropical ecosystems and demand immediate field investigations because of their vulnerability to rapid shifts resulting from a changing climate.

29 April 2014 Update

We got late notice about five more winners. Please see the list at More Local Competition Winners Win International Summit Competition Awards.

Congratulations to all our winners!

WDCB local competition winners

Competition Winners 2013-2014
Winners of our local competitions are entitled to display the appropriate STC WDCB Competition Award Ribbons. Download the ribbons to promote your award. Winners of our WDCB Chapter Technical Summit competition awards may freely duplicate our chapter award ribbons in resumes or company publications, and on websites or copies of the winning piece.

WDCB's STC International Summit Awards (ISA) winners

2013-2014 International Technical Communication Summit Awards Competition Winners
Download the international ribbons to promote your award. 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.