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Cal Poly Soccer Player Barry Selected for English Department Honor

Cal Poly Soccer Player Barry Selected for English Department Honor

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomore soccer player Chelsea Barry is one of 34 students at the university whose essay was selected among hundreds of submissions to be featured at the English Department's upcoming Fresh Voices Awards Reception.

Barry and the other students honored will be awarded certificates at the annual event, scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in University Art Gallery (on the first floor of Dexter Building, near Kennedy Library).

She'll also be published in the 2016 edition of "Fresh Voices: College Composition at Cal Poly", read by thousands of Cal Poly students enrolled in first-year writing courses such as English 134 (Writing & Rhetoric) or 133 (ESL).

Selections are intended by the Composition Program to present students new ways to think about their own writing. Artwork will also be featured at this year's reception.

A kinesiology major from Danville, Barry earned Big West Conference Commissioner's Honors for academics as a freshman last fall.

Barry's essay discusses how her writing confidence grew in high school when given the opportunity to write in a more free-form response rather than to meet rubric-graded templates. She credits English lecturer Dr. Sarah Grieve (also a former Cal Poly student-athlete, as a basketball player from 2002-06) for helping to inspire her in articulating the topic.

Picked by teammates as the squad's co-Rookie of the Year in 2015, Barry has played in 30 career games as a Mustang, including 27 starts. The center back's 1,011 minutes played so far this season are a team high besides Sophia Brown's 1,020' in goal.

In addition to her work in defense (part of seven shutouts over the past two years), Barry has also distributed four assists and been assigned 19 corner kicks.

The Mustangs are back in Alex G. Spanos Stadium to host Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Friday.