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Winners of 2017 Diversity Contest

Winners of 2017 Diversity Contest

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Winners of the 2017 Diversity Contest

The theme for the 2017 Diversity Contest was The Cost of Free Speech. Students were asked to reflect on a hard, central question. In today’s climate, is the First Amendment fact or fiction?

Projects were accepted in two areas: (1) written expression, (2) arts and performance.

Thank you to all students who participated. Below are the winning entries. First-place winners in each category receive $1,500. Second-place winners in each category receive $1,000, and third-place winners receive $500.


Written expression

First place

Warning Content Version II” by Tiffany Salley of Sweetwater

Second place

Sewn” by Caitlin Paolucci of Rockwood

Third place

The Death of Freedom” by Hannah Tyring of Crossville


Arts and performance

First place

“Disambiguation” by Celine Gobert of Oak Ridge

Torso, arms and hands of a chained body attached to a vertical wall with a tattered flag over various political prints

Second place

“Freedom” by Jarrett McGill of Rockwood

Third place

“Soap Box” by Marsha Scarbrough of Harriman

Box with "The Soap Box" written on the front side. On top of the box are two heads, each split with one side tan and the other black. Cotton balls are in the ears. One head has earrings.


Selected Artwork

View a short video of selected artwork from this year’s contest.


Valerie Herd • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4238 • Click name for email address

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