DETROIT, Michigan (October 25, 2019)—BYU senior Sarah Romney, an Editing minor, was recognized at the Association for Business Communication’s 84th Annual International Conference in late October. Romney took second-place nationally in the Student Competition, an annual writing contest drawing entries from undergraduate students across the world.
Students were required to submit a written response to a uniform case scenario, requiring contestants to research several point-of-sale systems and argue for the best methods in relation to the situation.
“A main part of the competition, I think, is just formatting [the response] and organizing it in a way that simple, easy to understand, and effective for that kind of audience,” said Romney. “I guess what made mine stand out was probably the clarity and the format.”
Romney is the second BYU student to place in the competition over the last few years. Kylan Rutherford, an Economics major, won the competition in 2018 and took second place in 2017.
A Human Resource Management major, Romney recently decided to pursue a minor in Editing through the Linguistics department. She believes that diversifying her skillset—and building on her interests—will benefit her as she eventually searches for a career in the workforce.
“A lot of people are surprised that I’m minoring in editing because they’re like, ‘what does that have to do with business?’” said Romney. “I think editing has to do with anything you want it to because companies are always going to need writers and editors.”
Picture provided by Sarah Romney (pictured fifth from right).
—Samuel Benson (Sociology, ’23)