2004 Rutherford High School Graduate Wins National Award

Nicole Cox, a Master’s student in the Department of History at the USF-Tampa campus has been awarded the 2008 Leland Hawes Graduate Prize in Florida History.

Her paper, “Damage Control and the 1921 Tampa Hurricane: Boosters, Businessmen and Bad Press,” explores Tampa’s 1921 hurricane and its impact on the Florida land boom. The Leland Hawes Graduate Prize in Florida History is a national competition for the best historical essay on any subject of Florida history by a graduate student.

The award includes a cash prize and publication of the paper in the Tampa Bay History Journal. Ms. Cox also received her undergraduate degree from USF. She is a 2004 International Baccalaureate graduate of Rutherford High School and the daughter of Steve and Claudia Cox.

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