The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the twentieth annual Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest. The goal of this year's contest, open to all high school students, was for the students to give the closing remarks to the jury in the trial of Helen of Troy. This year there were 196 entries from 59 schools in 23 states. Only ten entries are permitted from any one school. Each entrant receives a certificate of participation from Monmouth College.

The winner of a $250 cash award is Amanda Galloway of Midlothian High School in Midlothian, VA. Amanda is the student of Mrs. Sue Robertson. Click here to read the winning entry.

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following  fifteen students: Jamie Smith of Lakewood High School, Lakewood, OH (Teacher: Dr. Laura Abrahamsen); Connie Vo of Thomas More High School, Milwaukee, WI( Teacher: Miss Mary Cox); Erin McCalley of Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN (Teacher: Mrs. Lucy Wilkins); Sanjiv Tata of Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA (Teacher: Mrs. Laurie Covington); Hunter Ray (Teacher: Amy Petersen) and Lauren Fraley (Teacher: Mrs. Sue Robertson) of Midlothian High School, Midlothian, VA; Jason Wallace,  Richard Douglas and Rich Tompkins of Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN (Teacher: Dr. Rick Seay); David Schwei of Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield, WI (Teacher: Mrs. Moschella); John Lynch of Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury, MA (Teacher: Mrs Hynes); Kelly Lynne Johnson of Iowa City High School , Iowa City, IA (Teacher: Carolyn Van Zante); Sophia Roumbos of Newman Central Catholic, Sterling, IL ( Teacher: Mr. Padilla); Courtney Rohde of Rosary High School, Aurora, IL (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Spencer); Justin Savage of Manchester Memorial High School, Manchester, NH (Teacher: Mrs. Diane Provost)

This essay contest honors Bernice L. Fox who taught English, Latin and Greek at Monmouth College from 1947 to 1981 and who also served for some time as chair of the Department of Classics. Dr. Fox spent much of her life in promoting the study of Latin in Illinois high schools. The college welcomes suggestions for future contest topics. Please contact Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics mailto:(toms@monm.edu, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 309-457-2371.