From the Nominator
Stanford alumni seem capable of doing just about anything, but we'd never heard of any of them winning a national prize for a mustache. We knew immediately that this was a story for us. Writer Kali Shiloh reached out to Alfred Nash to ask about his wins, but also to learn everything that goes into fabulous facial hair. Nash, who is a physicist by training, was more than happy to comply. We know our readers value hearing about the lives of everyday alumni, but that doesn't mean all stories of everyday life are equally intriguing in the pages of a magazine. Stories like Nash's, however, fit the bill perfectly, like delicious appetizers in the front of our book: Readers learn about a quirky, yet accessible pursuit, and they want to share the story with the person next to them.
From the Judges
“Winning Whiskers” is highly regarded for its uniqueness and information-rich content. The author did an exceptional job of presenting the story in a way that is captivating and engaging to readers. It's evident that Stanford has received positive attention as a result of this article, which is a testament to the quality of the writing. Overall, this piece is an excellent example of how to write a compelling and informative article that captures the attention of readers.