The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the twenty-fifth annual Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest. The topic of this year's contest, open to all high school students, was “The Judgment of Paris in 21st Century America: Retell the story of the Judgment of Paris as if it were taking place today in the United States.”  This year there were 129 entries from 43 schools in 21 states plus the United Kingdom.  Each entrant receives a certificate of participation from Monmouth College.

The winner of a $250 cash award is Yasmin Rafiq of Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Yasmin is the student of Ms. Amy Petersen. The winning entry can be read at: https://department.monm.edu/classics/Department/FoxContest/FoxWinner2010.pdf.


Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following ten students: Melanie Hurrell of Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine (Teacher: Mrs. Cody); Zachery Chen of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee (Teacher: Dr. Rick Seay); Julia Winn of Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Virginia (Teacher: Ms. Sue Robertson); Jillian Boyer of Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Pennsylvania (Teacher: Ms. Diane Rurode); Avianne Tan of Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey (Teacher: Mrs. Jennifer Jones); Joseph Willis of Birkdale School in Sheffeld, England (Teacher: Mrs. Sherborne); Ethan Farber of University City High School in University City, Missouri (Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Ice);

Josiah Petrin and Chris Hoch of Kennebunk High School in Kennebunk, Maine (Teacher: Mrs. Harder); Erika Weiskopf of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia (Teacher: Mr. Adam Williams); and Carlie Block of Salado High School in

Salado, Texas (Teacher: Mrs. Seaton).

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.