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SBU's Department of Language and Literature announces writing contest winners
BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Language and Literature announced the winners of the 2013 writing contest on Tuesday, April 16.
The contest was opened to any student enrolled in SBU for the spring semester and accepted works in four categories: poetry, short story, non-documented essay, and critical literary essay. Winners received plaques, and the winning pieces were then published in “Scop,” the department’s literary journal named after the old English poet.
Winners of the 2013 writing contest were:
• Senior Rex Ybanez, an English major from Bolivar, with the poem “The First of March.”
• Freshman Tabitha Kohl, a writing major from Harrisburg, with the short story “The Seed.”
• Junior Carlee Graham, a Health, Physical Education and Recreation major from Carlinville, Ill., with the non-documented essay “Inner Death.”
• English major Brandon Burns from Seligman, Mo., with the critical literacy essay “He Done Taught Me de Maiden Language All Over.”
Those receiving honorable mention awards were:
• Sophomore Heidi Dehn, a theatre major from Rapid City, S.D., with the poem “Perfect Storm,” and the short story “Mary Ruth’s Secrets.”
• Sophomore Ariel White, a commercial art major from Brookline Station, with the poem “Ebonics.”
• Senior Jeff Allen Young, a theatre major from Bolivar, with the short story “The Picnic.”
• Junior Dalaney Blackard, an English major from Springfield, with the non-documented essay “Discipline Defined by a Runner.”
• Junior Lauren Knutson, an English major from Lee’s Summit, with the non-documented essay “Creation” and the critical literary essay “The Roads to ‘Yes I would.’”
• Freshman Emily Ziler, an English major from Reeds, with the critical literary essay “Hidden Behind the Veil.”
The Department of Language and Literature began the annual writing contest for SBU students more than 40 years ago to promote student interest in creative and academic writing. Open to university students of any major, the contest has given a venue to many aspiring writers and poets to share their unique voices in print. Entries were judged by the English faculty.
Photo cutline: Students receiving first place and honorable mention in the Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Language and Literature Writing Contest are, from left, front row — Heidi Dehn, Delaney Blackard, Lauren Knutson, Ariel White; back row — Brandon Burns, Emily Ziler, Carlee Graham, Tabitha Kohl, Rex Ybanez.
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