Outstanding First-Year Students

Hannah Culp

Jasir Dash

Hailey Embree

Alexis Jackson

Christian Kay

Carter Kuntz

Georgia Manning

Delaney Lewis

Madison Haverilla

Charlie Roadarmel

Molly Sisitki

Wendy Carse Sophomore Scholars

Simon Bianco

Haylee Blystone

Connor Bradley

Andrew Corey

Grace Fette

Valerie Fiore

Leanne Goodell

Adriana Guth-Borowski

Hailie Hearn

Heather Jackson

Natalia Malandro

Michaela Lenhart

Garrison Lutch

Christina Lyttle

Abigail McKibben

Jill Montag

Jenna Painter

Payton Smathers

Emily Spezialetti

Delaney Stitt

Rebecca Sulava

Joshua Tozer

Rebecca Walker

T. Kenneth Wilson Junior Scholars

Kylie Barrett

Regan Covert

Katelynn Cramer

Leslie Folino

Emily Kline

Julie Kopp

Amy Kukula

Dana Minser

Jessica Morse

Emma Naughton

Julie Pittman

Kailey Swope

William Betts Senior Scholars

Cassidy Black

Leah Bogert

Haley Brown

Jared Burkhardt

Emily Buseck

Gabriella Byrne

Allison Carl

Haley Cook

Samuel Cunningham

Marti Easter

Sydney Edwards

Mackenzie Eicher

Shaye Emerick

Kevin Figueroa

Devan Ghee

Cat Hebner

Nina Jesko

Toni Juart

Rachel Kennedy

Maren Krizner

Tessa Letso

Jacie Martin

Elijah Minteer

Alayna Pesce

Kaycee Reesman

Asher Rehn

Jared Swansboro

Isis Truxon

First-Year Student of the Year - English Education

Delaney Lewis

Second-Year Student of the Year - English Education

Joshua Tozer

Third-Year Student of the Year - English Education

Amy Kukula

Valedictorian - English Education

Sydney Edwards

First-Year Student of the Year - BA English

Charlie Radarmel

Second-Year Student of the Year - BA English

Adriana Guth-Borowski

Third-Year Student of the Year - BA English

Emma Naughton

Valedictorian - BA English

Leah Bogert

Claudette Dolan Service Award

Amy Kukula 

Undergraduate English Scholarships

Dessy Scholarship

Grace Fette

Wendy Carse Scholarship

Alayna Pesce

Betty Ann Moore Wallwork Scholarship

Michaela Lenhart

Outstanding English Intern

Nina Jesko

Writing Awards

Creative Nonfiction

First prize:  Hannah Culp "A Walk Among the Pines"

"A Walk Among the Pines" is about a memory within a memory. Culp's tightly controlled prose creates a mood of dread and regret that is tempered by a more remote memory of hope.

Second Prize: Samuel Cunningham "A(f)MAB"

"A(f)MAB" is an extended odyssey of discovery and desire that leads to self-definition as "Assigned (fe)Male at Birth."

Critical Essay

First prize:  Amy Kukula “Desanctifying War: Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire”

The essay situates a timely topic within the minds of readers, challenging them to rethink their own definition of patriotism. It effectively demonstrates thorough research skills, as well as a mastery in conveying complex ideas and information clearly.

Second Prize: Kaycee Reesman “Keep Our Children Safe in School”

This essay clearly articulates the reasons why teachers should not be armed in a way that does not cast judgment on those who contest this perspective.

Third Prize: Sydney Mather “Native Families and Erdrich’s Masterful Use of Language”

This essay presents a strong thesis and discussion of the ways Love Medicine depicts the Native American lifestyle. Its focus on figurative language particularly resonates with readers.

Short Fiction

First Prize:  Jeanie Baughman, “Purgatory From a Cushioned Wooden Chair” 

The struggle and fear of going on a date is an emotional storm that everyone fears. This story encapsulates that fear and chaos of a date in an exaggerated manner that brings out the worst fears of the character. The internal monologue, combined with the surrealistic elements of the story, gives this piece a memorable take on a first date experience. Drinking glasses and glasses of water to fill the awkward moments, and cuts that never stop bleeding, utilize stylistic choices that makes this story stand out. 

Honorable Mention: Jeremy Robertson, “The Final Voyage of the Amelia”

This story captures the thrill and danger of a sea chase during a storm and illuminates the extreme actions that a captain obsessed with revenge might take.

Honorable Mention: Molly Sisitki, “Memory” 

This short fiction tells of a woman’s life seen backwards through objects saved in a box. From a pair of pink hand gloves, outgrown, to a black dress that ominously “fits like it had been made for her only,” these possessions remind us of what few tangible parts of our lives are left at the end. 

Pedagogical Writing

First Prize: Cassidy Black "Final Poetry Project Unit Plan"

This unit satisfies multiple different standards pertaining to writing because students are engaging in the writing process, thinking about how tone and meaning are formed through word use, and think about how stylistic choices in writing dramatically affect the outcome.

Second Prize: Amy Kukula "Imagery and Clashing Perspectives in “Turtle Came to See Me” by Margarita Engle"

This lesson teaches English Language Arts skills and terminology (such as imagery) in combination with higher-level thinking about the world and human relationships (such as working through situations of clashing perspectives and interactions between people with diverse cultural backgrounds). This is accomplished using various class activities centered around the poem “Turtle Came to See Me” by Margarita Engle.

Third Prize: Sydney Mather "Women Writers Unit Plan"

This is a unit plan that will help high-school students learn about historical women writers and the significance of their work. These works are then used to teach literary elements and essay writing.

Play- and Screenwriting

First Prize:  Amy Kukula “Packing It In”

“Packing It In” is a moving, witty, and creative one-act play about two odd-couple college roommates and their vulnerable and flawed attempts to connect with each other, the wider world, and themselves. It’s a standout piece distinctively marked by the wit of its dialogue, the psychological complexity of its characters, its keen awareness of socioeconomic disparities, its creative incorporation of a meditation script, and a glass elephant named Chester.


First Prize:  Maren Krizner

Starlight and Other Artifacts: a brief history of work and thunder

A collection of love poems depicting the progression of a relationship over the course of four years. Notable for its evocative imagery and resonant themes.

Second Prize: Lucia Ugarte “Feeling a lot when feeling nothing”

Lucia advocates for mental health awareness, using poetry as a form of expression. "Feeling a lot when feeling nothing" is Lucia’s unique take on experiencing dissociation.

Third Prize: Sam Cunningham “Woes, Blows, and Bloody, Butchered Prose”

A collection of poems, including ambitious experiments in poetic form, depicting pains and pangs of growing up.

Workplace Writing

Honorable Mention: Leslie Folino "How to Approve Supplier Requests in Ariba SourcePoint"

Innovative Writing

First Place: Maren Krizner “GRAVEYARD”

Fragmented, evocative, multi-media nonfiction piece about an old friend, a childhood home that no longer exists, moving, and the things you take with you.


A special thank you: The faculty organizers and judges of the writing contests would like to extend their appreciation to all English majors who submitted entries and through their writing help keep literature alive.