Last week we rolled out the five winning columns of our 2012 Column Contest. Each columnist will receive $500 for their efforts, but only one will get an extra $250 for being our Grand Prize winner. How is that determined? By you, our readers. Please be sure you’ve read each of the winning columns and then vote for your favorite of the group. The winning columns are:

Big Mom On Campus: Raising Two Kids in a College Dorm
by Taylor Harris

The 49ers: Oral Histories of Americans Facing 50
by Rob Trucks

Tractors Drive Themselves: One Man’s Return to the Farm
by Matthew James

Gods Little Acre of Diamonds: Observations On Travel Ball in Cobb County, Georgia
by Stella A.

Are You Telling Me This Sucker is Nuclear? Adventures in Nuclear Tourism
by Anne Marie Wheeler

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UPDATE (9/21/11)

The poll is now closed. Congrats to grand prize winner “Big Mom on Campus,” which received 42% of the votes.