The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the twenty-second 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 compare a living American president to an appropriate character from Greek mythology. Entries were expected to  explain the appropriateness of this comparison and make specific and accurate references to the life of the president and to the story from Greek mythology. This year there were 123 entries from 28 schools in 18 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 Mary Caroline Miller 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  sixteen students: Andrew Johnson of Monacan High School, Richmond, VA (Teacher: Ms. Ruth Sameth); Amanda Galloway of Midlothian High School, Midlothian VA (Teacher Mrs. Sue Robertson); Jessie Tanner of Thomas A. Edison Preparatory School, Tulsa, OK ( Teacher: Gayle Wallace); Genna Mickey of Rosary High School, Aurora, IL (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Spencer); Jessica Williams of Thornton Academy, Saco, ME (Teacher: Ms. Sara Anne Cody) and Logan Roubo also of Thornton Academy, Saco, ME (Teacher Mr. Nathaniel Koonce); Harry Cross of James River High School (Teacher: Donna Dollings);  Megan Novak of Naperville North High School, Naperville IL (Teacher: Mr. Edward Joyce); Ryan Mullins of Moses Brown School,  Providence, RI ( Teacher: Ruth Breindel)  Jason Wallace of Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN (Teacher: Dr. Rick Seay); Morgan Hartig and Luke Reynolds of Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN (Teacher: Lucy Wilkins); Jared Salisbury of Thomas More High School, Milwaukee, WI (Teacher: Miss Mary Cox); Sarah Nguyen of Manchester Memorial High School, Manchester, NH ( Teacher: Mrs. Diane Provost); Natalie Jane Bornstein of John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO (Teacher: Mr. Phillip Barnes); and Kevin Keith of Blythewood High School, Blythewood, SC (Teacher: Martha Anne Boseski).

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, toms@monm.edu, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 309-457-2371.