Brooke Hammond Wins SJSU D'Arpino Essay Contest

San Jose, Calif. --- San Jose State swimmer Brooke Hammond was named the winner of the 2012 D'Arpino Essay Contest sponsored by the University's psychology department.

Her winning essay is titled, "Who I am is Where I've Been."

The essay contest was open to any psychology major and each participant wrote on the essay question, "Who am I?"

"I was excited, because I almost didn't submit it," said Hammond, now a sophomore from Roseville (Calif.) High. "I wasn't really sure about it because it was an essay about me and who would want to read an essay about myself? They don't even know me.  It was kind of weird but I was really happy I did."

 "I got the prompt from my academic advisor Gina Archimede and I was thinking about whether or not I should write it. Since the topic was about who you were and your perspective from a psychological view, I had to think about how I would be myself that is different from how other people view you. It was such a broad subject and so there was so many things that you could talk about when you describe yourself."

A versatile freestyle swimmer for the Spartans, Hammond is in her second season on the team. She focuses mainly on the distance freestyle events from 500 through 1650 yards.

The contest is named after Emilio D'Arpino, a retired bricklayer turned explorer. Since the late 1990's, D'arpino began pursuing answers to deep questions through essay contests at San Jose State and Stanford Universities.

As the 2012 D'Arpino Essay Contest winner, Brooke received for $250.00.