Three Winners Named in English Department Essay Contest

Gina Vo, Susha Berg and Samantha Wisneski have been named winners in this year’s English Department Essay Contest. The three each wrote the best essay in their respective categories.

The contest was open to all first-year students enrolled in 100-level English courses during the 2010-2011 academic year. Each winner will be awarded $75.

The winners and the titles of their papers are:

  • Gina Vo, “Free Will in a Selfish World,” an essay about Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. This essay was written for Dr. Kelli Larson’s ENGL 110 course.
  • Susha Berg, “Melancholia: Some Tragic Beauty,” an essay about Eric Wilson’s nonfiction prose book Against Happiness. This essay was written for Dr. Amy Muse’s ENGL 111 course.
  • Samantha Wisneski, “An Explication of Gwendolyn Brooks’ ‘The Mother.’” This essay about Brooks’ poem was written for Dr. Todd Lawrence’s ENGL 190 course.

The English Department thanks all of the students who submitted essays for the contest.