On April 29 at the Ostrich Farm restaurant in Los Angeles, the 2018 recipients of the USC Department of English Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award, aka the Jimmy, were celebrated by faculty members, Jimmy’s family and two of his closest friends.   Congratulations!   We are so very proud of you.

Here is a link to the announcement on the TheJimmyAward. com website.

The 2018 Recipients of the Jimmy


Photos by Steve Cohn
(c) 2018

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Write Me Something Beautiful Authors - Casey and Jimmy Gauntt

Casey Gauntt

is a retired attorney and former senior executive of a major San Diego real estate company. He lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Hilary. Casey grew up in Itasca, Illinois, graduated Lake Park High School in 1968, and received B.S., JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Jimmy Gauntt

was born and raised in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2002.   A prestigious Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, he majored in English and Spanish. He authored six plays, five screenplays, and a multitude of poems and short stories. Beginning in 2010, the USC English Department annually bestows the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award—aka “The Jimmy”—to the top graduates in English.  Jimmy passed over to the other side in 2008 at age 24.

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