Tell us your story in six words: That’s what the UAB campus community was challenged to do for UAB Graduate School’s fourth annual Say It In 6 competition. Participants submitted an image and six words depicting any story they wanted to tell—about their life, their experiences, things they love or have learned. And the submissions were amazing!

The Graduate School received more than 225 creative, moving entries from UAB students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. Images ranged from photographs to drawings and paintings that all complemented their six-word stories perfectly.

A preliminary judging panel comprised of local artists and community and business leaders picked the top two for each category in both the student and faculty/staff divisions, which was no easy task. The categories were Discovery, Hope, Humor, UAB and Wellness. The first and second place winners were chosen by a final judging panel, which included Katherine Billmeier, chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama; Anthony “Tony” Bratina, art director at Eternal World Television Network; and Dr. Jeff Walker, Instructor of Communication Studies at University of Montevallo. The UAB community voted online to pick a People’s Choice winner. The top three student winners received cash prizes: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for People’s Choice. The top three faculty/staff winners received gift baskets.

Finalists’ entries were displayed at the 2020 Say It In 6 Reception at Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA) on February 19.

This year’s winners include:

Student Division

1st place

1st place

Anna Alford, “Goodbye Heroin, Hello Freedom and Purpose”

2nd place

2nd place

Brooke Miller, “Simplicity is the portal to peace”

People’s Choice

People’s Choice

Tejeshwar Rao, “We sleep at dawn! #GraduateLife”

Faculty/Staff Division

1st place

1st place

Shakia Hardy, “Stillbirth: Silent heartbreak births spiritual growth”

2nd place

2nd place

Kannatassen Appavoo, “Forging our future via better infrastructure”

People’s Choice

People’s Choice

Chris Perry, “Your history begins here. Blaze on”