Loras students take first, second and honorable mention in DES 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 first, second and honorable mention finishes. For the past 26 years, at least one Loras student has received first, second, or honorable mention in at least one category.

Theresa Collins, a 2016 graduate of Loras of Dubuque, tied for first in the poetry category with “When You Were There.” Noelle Henneman, also a 2016 graduate, of Verona, Wisconsin, tied for  second place in the short fiction category with “Hold My Hand.” Bellevue native and junior Rachel Kilburg placed second in critical/analytical essay for “The People’s Politician.” Junior Clarice Kies also brought home an honorable mention in Creative Nonfiction for “Country Coyotes.” Each work was written while the students were undergraduates during the 2015-2016 school year.

“I continue to be proud of Loras student writers,” said Kevin Koch, professor of English and Faculty Editor of “The Limestone Review,” the Loras publication in which these works first appeared. “This year’s victorious students join a long tradition of excellent Loras authors, evidence of the care and attention given to both creative and analytical thought at the College.”

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. Those 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.