The late Jennifer Gaul was one of the best friends court reporting has ever had – a dedicated professional, past president of the Florida Court Reporters Association, a teacher and mentor to reporting students. To honor her many contributions, the members of the Project Steno Board and Advisory Council personally contributed funds to establish a $2,000 award to be made in her name to the winner of a student essay contest. We at Project Steno gratefully offer this tribute to a woman who was a lifelong role model for the importance of giving back.  We select our winner today, in honor of Jennifer’s birthday.

From the many inspirational essays submitted for consideration, we have chosen Linda Tarr as the winner of this $2,000 award.  Linda is a student at Simply Steno and is currently at 190 WPM.  She will soon be joining the ranks of our beloved profession.

“I want to thank all the members at Project Steno who generously donated to Project Steno’s Jennifer Gaul Memorial Award,” said Tarr.  “What an honor it is that my essay on The Importance of Giving Back was chosen.  I look forward to joining the ranks of professional court reporters soon, and I hope that I can also find ways to give back to the stenographic community.”

Thank you to all who took the time to honor Jennifer’s memory by submitting an essay about The Importance of Giving Back.

Jim DeCrescenzo,
Project Steno President