Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing Improvement | K12 | North America

Johnna Gadomski

Johnna Gadomski

Freshman: Emory University (formerly a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School)

Johnna Therese Gadomski is a recent graduate of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) in Atlanta Georgia. HIES is one of the nation’s largest Episcopal schools, with an enrollment of over 1,300 students. The school serves grades 3 through 12. 

Nominated by Dr. Christopher Swann, the chair of the English Department at HIES, Johnna was drawn to the school seeking better educational opportunities and a chance to excel. There she would become the senior class vice-president and also head several clubs of her own.

Passionate about writing and improving her writing skills, Johnna was excited about the assignment to write a novel in Dr. Swann’s class. She opted to write a psycho thriller centered around themes of Alice in Wonderland. 

Through that assignment and others, she knew that feedback and criticism was a crucial part of becoming a better author. To that end, she said that Turnitin took the feedback process “to the next level” offering her ways to receive specific, individualized feedback that helped her improve her writing much more quickly.

She specifically enjoyed how Turnitin enabled Dr. Swann, as well as her other instructors, to provide pinpoint comments across multiple papers, helping to see both the technical mistakes she was making and how she could improve the content of her writing.

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