Court reporting a good fit for farming family

My name is Andrea Franje. I am 31 years old, and I have been married to my husband, Eric, for eight years. We have three beautiful little girls: Blakely, 7; Charlie, 6; and Gracie, 4. We live in New Sharon, Iowa, which is also where we grew up. We love raising our girls in a small-town atmosphere. Eric is a full-time farmer, so we are right in the middle of harvest. He works on his family farm, and we also have a small cattle operation of our own.

UTS | What got you interested in the program and what brought you to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)?          

AF | I styled hair for 12 years, and I loved it. With my husband being a farmer, it is not uncommon for him to be out late at night. Once my oldest daughter got into preschool, we realized very fast that my late-night schedule was not going to work. I was going to need to find another job.

My court reporter friend, Brook Blackwell, RPR, CRR, had been posting on Facebook about court reporting jobs. I was able to go sit in on some hearings with Brook one Thursday afternoon, and I was intrigued with her job. I wanted to learn more about it. That following Saturday they were having an information meeting at DMACC. After that, I knew it was something I needed to pray about. I felt very compelled to apply. Thankfully, I was accepted.

UTS | What has been the most challenging part of getting through school, and what are you doing to overcome it?

AF | I think the most challenging part of school so far has been balancing my life. I never want anything to come before my family. I do not want any of them to feel like I am giving more of myself to my schooling than I am to them. This program really does require a lot of your attention, though. I always try to do everything with 100 percent effort. 

I had to resign from some extracurricular boards. I knew I was going to have to take some things off my plate if this program was going to be doable for me. I try very hard to be focused on whatever I am doing at the moment. If I am in wife mode, I want to be giving that my all. If I am in mom mode or school mode or church mode or friend mode, I want to be sure I am giving it my all. I have found myself figuring out a new definition for living in the present. 

UTS | What has been the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

AF | This question has been the hardest to answer because I have received so much great advice. I would say that there are a couple of things that stick out to me.

One: If this was easy, everyone would do it. Court reporting is such a small community of people that you inevitably feel like family even if you don’t know them well. You are able to connect with them in a way that you cannot connect with anyone else. I think that is such a cool thing. It is like the secret language you used to have with your friends when you were little, except now we are all adults. 

Two: You will fail in this program more times than you will succeed. This program is unlike any other program. Once you have passed a test, it is almost like you are back at square one. You don’t get to relish in the moment of passing very long before you are hit with a higher speed you need to tackle. I try to keep this in the back of my mind when I do not pass a test.  It can be discouraging at times to feel like you are hitting a wall constantly, but that moment when you do pass, it is so exhilarating!

UTS | What do you like to spend your free time doing?

AF | We love doing anything as a family. We installed two ponds in our pasture a few years ago, and we love to go out there with the girls to fish. We stocked it up really well, so they cast out and catch a fish right away. We also love to sing. My husband and I are on the worship team at my church, so our girls see us musically involved there all the time. My husband will sit down at the piano at night, and we all just sing whatever song he decides to play. Those are the moments that I know I will miss when my girls are all grown up.

UTS | Have any plans for when you finish school? What is your dream job?

AF | I would love to become an official reporter. With my family, I love the hours, benefits, and pay. I would love to work in District 8 when I graduate. It would be wonderful to be working in the district in which I live. I have been lucky enough to get to know some of the reporters in this district, and they are all wonderful. They have reached out and helped me through so much already. I am looking forward to the day that I can call them my colleagues.

 Angela Franje is a student at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Iowa.

New deadline for Student Intern Scholarship

The National Court Reporters Foundation Student Intern Scholarship deadline has been extended to Dec. 31. Two $1,000 awards will be given to qualified court reporting students who have completed their internship. Eligibility requirements include current NCRA student membership, speed test requirements, and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants will be required to submit a nomination form, letter of recommendation, and an essay. Judicial, CART, and captioning students are encouraged to apply. Please visit the NCRF Student Intern Scholarship page for full submission details.

Stenograph partners with NCRF again to sponsor student scholarship

The National Court Reporters Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are being solicited for Stenograph’s Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship that honors the memory of Stenograph’s founder. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to apply for the merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 per year and will include use of a student writer and software.

This scholarship is offered through the National Court Reporters Foundation. Students must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the completed documentation listed below to qualify for the scholarship. Notification of the MHW Memorial Scholarship is sent each November to all NCRA-approved court reporting programs.

Applications being accepted through Jan. 23, 2021. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship, students must meet the criteria below: 

  • Attend an NCRA-approved court reporting program
  • Have completed an NCRA A to Z ® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program
  • Have received an NCRA A to Z ® Certificate of Completion
  • Have attained an exemplary academic record (3.5 GPA or above)
  • Have passed one skills test writing 80-120 words per minute at the time of submission 

Document requirements

The following documents are required to be submitted for application:

  • Speed verification form
  • A copy of the student’s most recent transcript
  • A two-page, double-spaced essay responding to the following question: “What is one problem that you see facing the professions of court reporting and captioning today, and how would you propose to solve it through the use of technology?”

Click here for more information or to access the application for the Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship.

For more information on the Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship, please contact the Education Department at schools@ncra.org

‘You’ll thank me later’

By Loretta Berrigan

Loretta Berrigan

Loretta Berrigan, a court reporting student at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa., has only been in school for little over a year, but she is already finding a valuable way to contribute by participating in her school’s peer tutoring program. “Cut to a few weeks since I’ve started tutoring my peers, and you’ll find me singing a whole different tune. I know how cliché this sounds, but I like to think that they help me just as much as I help them.”

In trying to learn remotely and adjusting to this new normal, peer tutoring looks a bit different than it did when we were all on campus together. For us, peer tutoring consists of getting together on Zoom at a designated time for review sessions, and it gives me the chance to meet the students who are a year below me and really just getting started in the program. I do dictation of words, phrases, and sentences so they can work on accuracy, which will help them when they get to speedbuilding.

When my professor/supervisor/advisor/unofficial therapist, Mary Beth Johnson, CRI, first approached me about doing some peer tutoring for those in the year below me, my first instinct was to panic, especially because I was, and still am, working on my own speeds and trying to get out of my own head and through my own roadblocks. In my head I was screaming, “But Mary Beth, I need a tutor!” But because I want to be an asset to the program in any way that I can, I took a deep breath and told myself that perhaps it would be beneficial for not only the students I would be tutoring, but for myself as well.

Cut to a few weeks since I’ve started tutoring my peers, and you’ll find me singing a whole different tune. I know how cliché this sounds, but I like to think that they help me just as much as I help them. Some of the time is spent with me dictating words, phrases, and sentences for them to write. And then some of the time, which is just as important, is spent just talking back and forth about successes and struggles and providing moral support and comic relief. It makes me feel good to be able to talk with newer students and offer suggestions on how I got through theory, especially the dreaded word lists. (You all know what I’m talking about.) But more so than that, it keeps me driven and helps me to remember where I was just a year ago and how far I’ve come over the course of that year. So, if you ever get the chance to become a peer tutor I would say to agree and panic simultaneously. You’ll thank me later.

Loretta Berrigan is a court reporting student at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Student creates steno fashion

Diana Ruiz

These days you can buy steno machines in just about any color: not just white and black but green, red, pink, and even purple and gold. But there is one thing that hasn’t really changed about steno machines; no matter what the color of the machine, the keys remain gray or black.

Diana Ruiz, a student at Downey Adult School in Downey, Calif., had an idea to make her machine look unique and start a business at the same time.

“I went online in search of cute keypads,” Ruiz said. “No luck! I even went to my local steno guy and sure enough only black and grey keypads. So, I started school and every time I looked at my keys, I knew that I could make them myself, so I did. With the help of my husband, we created a way to be able to make them quickly and efficiently. And thanks to my mom and the professional court reporters who tried them out before I put them out, came KLOR Steno Key Design.”

Ruiz originally started court reporting school in 2004, but after a couple of years her life took a different turn. She got married and became a stay-at-home mom. At home with her two boys Sebastian and Zach, ages 10 and 7 respectively, she started getting into crafts such as photography, sewing, and knitting. Now back in school after 16 years, she is finding a way to combine her two passions.

“I got KLOR started by making a few sets [of keypads] for myself and professional court reporters to try out. Once I got feedback from them,” Ruiz said, “I decided to open an Etsy shop to sell them. I did very little advertising when I opened my Etsy shop. Social media was what passed along the word that they were available, and it took off from there.”

Ruiz doesn’t just sell bright colors and polka dots. She has faux leather, animal prints, holiday themes, and even Breast Cancer and Autism awareness keypads. If none of those designs appeals to her customers, she can create a custom design. Some people just want a little flair on their keyboards, so she also sells a la carte vowel keypads for a more subtle look. And her business is still expanding.

“One thing I noticed when I came back to school was that people were trying to create their own practice boards,” Ruiz said, “so I added a ‘tool’ to the Etsy shop. It is made of thick foam keys to be placed wherever they want such as a mini binder or a clipboard. I also just came out with speed lapel pins for students, in speeds going from Theory to 225 wpm. As a student, I wanted a reminder for myself to see how far I have come.”

Attending school online is something that is important to Ruiz, as she wants to be home to support her family. She says she feels a sense of achievement each time she passes another speed level. Starting her business with her husband is a way she can stay focused on her family and share her love of court reporting at the same time.

“My feedback has been amazingly positive,” said Ruiz. “I am always so happy to hear what people have to say. I’m just super happy that I am able to provide a little spark to students and court reporters when it comes to their keys, and if that means flowers or Christmas lights on their keypads well then that’s what I will provide.”

Diana Ruiz is a student at Downy Adult School in Downey, Calif. You can view her KLOR Steno Key Design collection at http://www.klorstenokeydesign.etsy.com

NCRA CASE Scholarship renamed to honor leader of women’s suffrage movement

Sue Shelton White

The NCRA Board of Directors recently approved changing the name of the Association’s $1,500 Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) Student Scholarship to the Sue Shelton White Scholarship in honor of the namesake’s national role in the women’s suffrage movement. The name change takes effect for the 2021 scholarship.

The scholarship is one of five awarded to students by CASE each year. The others are awarded in the amounts of $250, $500, $750, and $1,000.

White was a feminist leader originally from Henderson, Tenn., born on May 25, 1887, who served as a national leader of the women’s suffrage movement, member of the Silent Sentinels, and editor of The Suffragist. She also worked as an official court reporter for the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1907 until 1918 and opened her own stenography business. In 1920, White earned her law degree from the Washington College of Law. In addition to holding leadership positions at the national and state levels of the women’s suffrage movement, she also worked as an administrative secretary to U.S. Sen. Kenneth McKeller from Tennessee and served as lead counsel for the Social Security Administration.

“Sue Shelton White was just not a national leader in promoting women’s rights and equality, she was also an advocate for education as illustrated by her studying to become a court reporter and then pursuing her law degree, especially in a time when it was uncommon to see a female practicing the law,” NCRA Immediate Past President Max Curry, RPR, CRI, a firm owner from Franklin, Tenn., said. “Naming the $1,500 CASE Student Scholarship in her honor recognizes her commitment to hard work and perseverance that is reflected in today’s court reporting students. In addition to being a great leader, she was also a great inspiration to many throughout her life, not just in her home state of Tennessee, but nationally as well.”

To be eligible to apply for an NCRA CASE student scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend an NCRA-approved court reporting program;
  • Hold student membership in NCRA;
  • Have attained an exemplary academic record;
  • Have passed one skills test writing 140-180 words per minute at the time of submission.

Document requirements

Candidates must also submit the following documents with their application:

  • Speed verification form;
  • Three recommendation forms;
  • A copy of the student’s most recent transcript;
  • An essay. 

Notification that applications are being accepted for the CASE student scholarships is sent each February to all NCRA-approved court reporting programs.

NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold and Director of State Government Relations Jocelynn Moore recently shared a message talking about Sue Shelton White and reminding everyone of the importance of every vote.

Steno represented on TikTok

Isabelle Lumsden

Have you visited TikTok recently? If you did, you might be surprised to see some posts about court reporting attracting hundreds of thousands and even millions of views.

Isabelle Lumsden (@isabellelumsden on TikTok) is a student in her first semester at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has been posting about court reporting as she has been learning, and people have been noticing.

“I have received a large response. Each of my videos gets thousands of views and likes,” Lumsden said. “My current highest court reporting video is sitting at 2.9 million views, 448.1K likes, and 5,240 comments. These numbers grow exponentially every day. I currently have 14 videos up about court reporting and have gained over 30,000 followers in the last 10 days.”

Lumsden was also featured in a recent Yahoo story.

“Most of my comments [to the posts] revolve around how confused people are and how they think it’s like ‘witchcraft,’” she said. “While most of the comments are just people being amazed and confused at it, I also get the occasional ‘why don’t you use a computer’ or ‘why don’t courtrooms just use speech-to-text software;’ so I try to explain why court reporters are still needed to the best of my ability. I have also had a bunch of current court reporters reach out to me, and I am super grateful for that. Making connections this early in my career is super exciting for me, and I appreciate having experienced court reporters that I can ask my questions to.”

Her posts include a tour of her steno machine, a post about the need for new court reporters, and a seven-part series on stenography/court reporting.

Lumsden said that court reporting is such a unique and amazing career path that she thought it was worth sharing with the world.

“I noticed not many people talk about it on social media, as I even had very limited knowledge about it before doing research, so I wanted to change that and start a conversation,” she said.

The global pandemic made her start thinking about her long-term goals. Her mother was the one to bring up court reporting.

“She had done some research and thought it would be the perfect career for my personality,” Lumsden said. “When I did my own research on the profession, it was like love at first sight. I instantly had a gut feeling that this was the career path for me!”

Lumsden said that, while she is currently still learning all the different roles of court reporters, she knows she wants to work in a courtroom.

“I love traveling, so I would love to venture out of my home city and live somewhere new,” she said.

Stan Sakai, CRC

Stan Sakai, CRC, a freelancer in New York, N.Y., (@stanographer on TikTok) also has some very popular TikTok posts. One recent post has been seen by more than a million people.

“I’ve gotten overwhelmingly positive responses,” Sakai said. “Seems everyone is genuinely interested and fascinated.”

Sakai said, while there is very little steno representation on TikTok, “I guess this is something that actually legitimately interests a ton of people, especially when you cover one bite-sized topic per video.”

NCRF Student Intern Scholarship opens Oct. 1

The National Court Reporters Foundation Student Intern Scholarship opens Oct. 1. Two $1000 awards will be given to qualified court reporting students who have completed their internship. Eligibility requirements include current NCRA student membership, speed test requirements, and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants will be required to submit a nomination form, letter of recommendation, and an essay. Judicial, CART, and captioning students are encouraged to apply. Please visit the NCRF Student Intern Scholarship page for full submission details.

It’s a wrap for students at Connect

Tygerr Recchia

This year, NCRA’s Virtual Connect event attracted the highest number of students we’ve seen in years: 124! Without the cost of travel, hotel, and food, the conference was more affordable than ever. The unique virtual format gave students the chance to not only attend every educational session but to pop into several different networking meet-ups as well. “I was exposed to the most wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen I have had the privilege to Zoom with,” said Tygerr Recchia, of Green River College in Auburn, Wash.

Up-to-Speed asked the student attendees to give us feedback on their Virtual Connect experience.

UTS | What were some of your favorite sessions?

Savannah Jordan

Motivation, Beating Obstacles, Achieving Goals, and Growth Mindset presented by Matthew Moss, RPR. “Matt Moss’ way of explaining our brain workings was my most favorite thing. I loved the science behind it and all of the resources he added.” – Savannah Jordan, Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting

Controlling Your Subconscious presented by Teresa Russ, CRI. “I really enjoyed the session with Teresa Russ on controlling your subconscious. I am a firm believer of speaking great things over your life. I also enjoy Teresa’s message on not giving up despite the struggle.” –  Shaunise Day, Oakland, Calif., Simply Steno

Build a Million Dollar Court Reporting Business presented by Cassandra Caldarella. “I absolutely loved Cassandra’s energy and passion for court reporting. Her presentation was fabulous and insightful. It was informative, and it inspired me so much to help me persevere on those days when testing seems insurmountable! She showed me anything is possible, and the sky is the limit! I loved it!” – Tygerr Recchia

Motivation, Beating Obstacles, Achieving Goals, and Growth Mindset presented by Matthew Moss, RPR and Success as an Online Student presented by Jensen Wohlgemuth, RPR and Kelly Moranz, CRI. “Having been in school for three years, sometimes I feel like I’ve heard all the tips for being a student, but these two offered good strategies that I can employ in my next speed and beyond.” –  Rachel Helm, Green River College in Auburn, Wash.

UTS | What did you think of the social events?

“The captioning meetup was the best event of my life! They were very honest about the state of the business and how they needed captioners, so it was very encouraging for students knowing they are wanted! They were fun and insightful. They answered all the students’ questions, and all really love what they do. Every single one of them said this was the best decision they ever made, and I have no doubts, never have had, but this just cemented it in, that I too have made the best decision I ever made no matter how long it takes to get there!” – Tygerr Recchia

“It was honestly a little easier to socialize in the virtual events than it was last year in Denver, Colo. As a student, I was overwhelmed, and often the presenters had too many people to really keep up with in real life. The virtual social events were fantastic.” – Rachel Helm

UTS | What was the best thing about the conference?

“Getting to meet everyone who want nothing but the best for you. Everyone was willing to share contact info, go into depth about more questions, and being overall welcoming.” – Savannah Jordan

“Strategies on getting through school and knowing I’m not alone in sometimes feeling frustrated or not fast enough or like it’s taking me forever to get through school. Also I really, really appreciated being able to watch the videos after the original dates, because I work, I’m a parent, and I am in school, so I’m busy and I would have had to not get something done if I had attended all weekend.” – Anonymous

“Actually, seeing that people want you to succeed in this profession and there is indeed a need for reporters, etc.” – Mayone Brown, Court Reporting and Captioning at Home

“The friendliness. Several court reporters reached out to me to say hello.” – Lisa Tunzi, College of Court Reporting, Valparaiso, Ind.

Virtual lunch: Students edition

By Shaunise Day

On Saturday, Aug. 29, I decided to host a Lunch On Your Own with students. During NCRA’S annual Conferences, all attendees are given a lunch break for an hour and a half and during this time, most attendees have planned lunch dates to catch up with old colleagues or meet up with a new connection.

When I attended my first convention, I didn’t have plans to lunch with anyone. I was shy, quiet, nervous, and overwhelmed with my first convention. I had plans to grab lunch and spend the lunch break in my car until the next session was set to start. Right when I was trying to figure out my exact plans, a few veteran reporters invited me to have lunch. I felt so relieved and happy that I didn’t have to lunch alone.

In New Orleans, La., for NCRA’s annual Convention, I was in charge in leading the welcome session for the students. I shared my story with the students about lunching on my own at my first convention and said if there were any students that did not have a lunch buddy, I would be more than happy to lunch with them. During the lunch hour, it turned out to be close to 12 students that wanted to lunch together. I was not expecting this large number. I thought it would be two or three students that may have wanted to eat lunch together. Since we were a large group with no reservations, we split into two groups, and it worked out just fine. I realized that there were students that felt how I was feeling during my first convention. I decided from that moment that I would continue to pay it forward and do what a few veterans did for me.

For the annual Conference in Denver, Colo., last year, I made reservations at a nearby restaurant. I did the same exact thing during the students’ welcome session and advised that I had reservations made for anyone that did not have a lunch buddy. The turnout was larger than in New Orleans, and this time around I was able to invite a few reporters to lunch with the students. I can remember a student whispering that she was so happy about this lunch because she had no idea what she was going to do. That was my confirmation that this a great idea and to keep organizing a lunch for the students during the annual convention.

Due to COVID-19 and NCRA having its annual Conference online, I did not want to schedule a virtual lunch during the Association’s Connect Virtual 2020. I thought it would be best to wait until after the meeting and plan something. I thought it would be a great idea to invite past lunch buddies and friends to this virtual lunch with the students.  

Pushing through the process and finishing school. You can say this was the theme for our lunch, because the new professionals told the students about crossing the finish line and not giving up. Each new professional shared experiences.

Carmen Saavedra, RPR, a freelance reporter in San Tan Valley, Ariz., and I connected in Denver during our lunch. Carmen was able to share her experience and her journey with completing school. Callie Sajdera, an official in Denver, Colo., was another new professional who attended. Not only did Callie attend the lunch in New Orleans, but we also served on the Student/Teacher Committee that year in New Orleans. Jeaninn Alexis from Laurel, Md., and Shacara Mapp, a freelance reporter in Detroit, Mich., were also some of the new professionals who gave encouraging words to the students. They also shared how they overcame obstacles. From test anxiety to relocating to another state. Pushing through the process and not giving up no matter what will be well worth it. Denee Vadell, an official reporter in Edison, N.J., shared her testimony and what she had to go through to complete school. It all paid off because she is now in her winning season during this pandemic. Matt Moss, RPR, an official reporter in Thornton, Colo., was a surprise guest. Matt popped in and he spoke on how he pushed through school, and he also spoke on changing your mindset. I shared my story with the students and advised that if there is anything that they need as far as reliable resources and encouragement, I can help. If I don’t have the answer, I can put them in touch with someone that can help. I am just a phone call, text, or email away. Right now is the time to stay as close to our students as possible. This year has been extremely discouraging for all of us. Now is the time to focus on becoming one team with the same goal for stenography. One way is motivating each other to keep pushing through the process with whatever you’re dealing with. If it’s school, Zoom depos, or homeschooling, now is the time that we stand together during these trying times.

I was happy with the feedback I heard from some of the students who attended:

Kim Coltrain from Grayson, Ga.: “This was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the vocation. Great insight, encouragement, and a free raffle to top it off. I felt like I was sitting at the ‘cool kids’ table in the cafeteria … but I got to stay in my bunny slippers.”

Christina Cranford from Buffalo, N.Y.: “It was very inspiring and motivating, and I’m looking forward to Vegas 2021.”

Rachel Helm from Poulsbo, Wash.: “I left the luncheon feeling more prepared and supported than ever to finally finish up my last speed and get out of school. At a time when everyone feels lost and isolated, the luncheon was a great way to connect with my fellow students as well as working reporters. Winning the raffle for a complete set of Monette Benoit’s purple books was the cherry on top; it’s an enormous blessing to know there are people out there who value our success so much that they’re willing to donate so generously, both with their energy (looking at you, Shaunise!) and their resources.”

 Raffles and giving back

I also wanted to add a little fun to the lunch and gift a few students. I believe in sowing seeds in good soil. If it’s in your personal life or professional life, it’s always good to give back and that is part of my purpose in life. I wanted to gift a student who was in exit speeds with the purple books so that they can prep for the RPR written exam. I reached out to Monette Benoit, CRI, CPE, from San Antonio, Texas, and I told her what I was doing and I would like to purchase a set, and instead, she offered to donate the books. As I read her email I just cried because that is what you call teamwork.

I knew that I would have students from different speeds, and I wanted to make sure that I grouped them correctly. For the students that were not in exit speeds, I decided to maybe purchase a few drill books from Margie Wakeman Wells, CRI, from Los Angeles, Calif. I reached out to her and told her about the event that I had planned, and yes, another generous donation was made. I was not expecting any of this, and it just made my heart happy to have two amazing leaders in this profession donate grand prizes to the luncheon.

I personally wanted to sponsor a student a free NCRA student membership. I had close to seven non-members attend the luncheon, and one lucky winner was gifted a free membership. For the students that were just starting out within the profession and lower speeds, I held another raffle and gave out steno swag. I will continue to make this an annual event for the students that would like to have a lunch buddy during our annual conference.

The next luncheon will be held at NCRA’s 2021 Expo & Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. For any students that are planning to attend,, you can contact me at thestenoconnect@gmail.com if you would like to lunch together.

Grand prize

Rachel Helm: The purple books for the RPR Written Knowledge Test by Monette Benoit

Amanda Anderle from San Diego, Calif.: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation and All Things English textbooks

Jessica Shines from Chicago, Ill.: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation and Word Pares, Pears, Pairs textbooks

Justin Choi from Tacoma, Wash.: NCRA Student Membership

Additional raffles

Roderic Walter from Detroit Mich.: Steno Swag T-Shirt

Shakurra Amatulla from Burbank, Calif.: Steno Swag- T-Shirt

Misty Miranda from San Antonio, Texas: Steno Swag- T-Shirt

Shaunise Day is a student from Oakland, Calif.