Loras students made history in the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) national writing competition this year, garnering three out of a possible four first place finishes for the first time in history.

McKenzie Frey (’14) won first place in the poetry category for her poem, “A Dark Moth on a White Ceiling.” Hallie Hayes (’14) earned first place in nonfiction prose for her work, “The Golden Days.” Molly Cain’s (’14) essay, “Hybridity,” took the first place prize in the scholarly research category. Each work was written while the students were Loras College undergraduates during the 2013-2014 school year.

Loras students have a strong history of earning top honors in the competition. For the past 24 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 three students, and also for Loras College,” said Kevin Koch, Ph.D., professor of English and chair, division of language and literature. “To have three first-place winners in one year is unprecedented. It speaks volumes about the quality of these student-writers.”

Students submit work each year to Loras’ national 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 Reverend E.A. Fitzgerald as a Catholic honor society. As a result, Loras became the first DES chapter in the nation.

Each of these prize-winning writings can be found in the 2014 edition The Limestone Review. For a copy of the current issue, contact Faculty Editor Kevin Koch at kevin.koch@loras.edu.