UAB announces winners of ‘Say It in 6’ competition

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Say It in 6 screenshot from UAB’s website.

If you had to tell your story in just six words, could you do it?

UAB’s Graduate School and College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History recently challenged students across the university to a ‘Say It in 6’ competition. The challenge? To tell a creative story or event in just six words. Students were also required to submit a photo or other form of art that represented their story.

The competition held 10 categories:

  • America
  • Humor
  • UAB
  • Knowledge
  • Identity
  • Talent
  • Resilience
  • Health
  • Family
  • Love

Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Did the entry capture the viewers’ attention?
  • Did the entry tell a stimulating, moving or memorable story?
  • Did the words and imagery elicit emotion?
  • Did the words and image support each other?

Entries were also judged on originality and creativity, based on:

  • How original is the entrant’s work?
  • Did the entry present the story in a creative way?

There were 122 UAB students and post-doctoral fellows total who entered the competition. But only three could win! So, who were the winners? Drumroll, please!

First Place
  • Winner: Sally Anne Perz
  • Entry: Damaged Devastated Discouraged Detoured Determined Delighted
  • Category: Resilience
  • Prize: $1000

Sally is a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in English from UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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“Damaged Devastated Discouraged Detoured Determined Delighted” by Sally Anne Perz. Photo via UAB.
Second Place
  • Winner: Elora Robbani
  • Entry: Can We Make America Great Again?
  • Category: America
  • Prize: $750

Elora is a sophomore in UAB’s School of Optometry and is working on her doctorate in optometry.

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“Can We Make America Great Again?” by Elora Robbani. Photo via UAB.
People’s Choice
  • Winner: Katie Cassidy
  • Entry: UAB Always • Pediatric Nurse • Painting • Traveling
  • Category: Identity
  • Prize: $500

Katie is a registered nurse in UAB’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursuing her pediatric primary care nurse practitioner degree from the School of Nursing.

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“UAB Always • Pediatric Nurse • Painting • Traveling” by Katie Cassidy. Photo via UAB.

To view all entries and winners, click here.

“I was simply blown away by the powerful messages shared and the high level of creativity contained in the submissions,” said Lori McMahon, Ph.D., dean of UAB Graduate School. “The determination, dedication, passion and talents of our many students is truly impressive.”

Judges of the ‘Say It in 6’ competition were:

  • Roy Clem, executive director at Alabama Public Television
  • Cindy Formanek Kirk, Ph.D., vice president of Educational Services at Alabama Public Television
  • Dan Carsen, science and health reporter for 90.3 WBHM-FM
  • Bolaji Kukoyi, P.E., president of Dynamic Civil Solutions
  • Leigh Garner, CBS 42 morning news co-anchor and noon anchor

The submissions and winners of the ‘Say It in 6’ competition will also be celebrated at a free, open-public reception on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 5-7p.m. at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

What do you think of the ‘Say It in 6’ competition?