Loras students earn three first place prizes in national writing competition

DUBUQUE, Iowa— Loras College students continued their long history of success in the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) national writing competition this year, earning an unprecedented three first-place finishes and one honorable mention. This is the second consecutive year Loras College has earned three top prizes.

Noelle Henneman, of Verona, Wisconsin, earned first place in creative nonfiction for “Searching for Orion.” Mary Agnoli, Davenport, earned first place in the critical essay category for her work “An Exploration of Wakefield’s Exterior Reflecting his Inner Self.” Hallie Hayes, Dubuque, took first place in the poem category for “Thou Dost Breathe.” And Logan Miller, Ankeny, earned honorable mention for fiction with “Drifting.” Each work was written while the students were Loras College undergraduates during the 2014-2015 school year.

For the past 25 years, at least one Loras College student has received first, second, or honorable mention in at least one category in the competition.

“This is wonderful news, especially for these four students. We are extremely proud of their efforts,” said Kevin Koch, Ph.D., professor of English and chair of the DES writing competition. “To have four award winners is incredible and speaks volumes about the quality of these student writers.”

Students submit work each year to Loras College’s undergraduate writing publication, The Limestone Review. Faculty and student readers choose the best work in each category for the Alpha Award. The Alpha Award winners then go on to compete in the DES writing competition.

Delta Epsilon Sigma was founded in 1938 at Loras College by The Rev. E.A. Fitzgerald as a Catholic honor society. As a result, the college became the first DES chapter in the nation.

Each of these prize-winning writings can be found in the 2015 edition The Limestone Review. For a copy of the current issue, contact Koch at kevin.koch@loras.edu.

Visit www.loras.edu for more information on Loras College.

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