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 retell the myth of the Judgement of Paris in a modern context. This year there were 221 entries from 59 schools in 20 states and New Zealand. Only ten entries are permitted from any one school. Each entrant receives a certificate of participation from Monmouth College.

The winner of a $150 cash award is Noah Weiss of Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT. Noah is the student of Mrs. Marilyn Archibald. Click here to read a copy of the winning entry.

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following twenty two students: Kim Adams of Edwin O. Smith High School, Storrs, CT (Teacher: Mrs. Marilyn Archibald);  Alexander Bruce Ng of Newton South High School, Centre, MA (Teacher: Mr. Joe Golding);  Eileen Zander of Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN (Teacher: Mrs. Lucy Wilkins);  Tracie Desjardins of Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, VA (Teacher: Dr. Patrick Bradley);  Mike Clutterbuck of Brookfield Academy, Brookfield, WI (Teacher: Mrs. Cynthia Twetten);  Stephanie Wu of Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL (Teacher: Mr. James Horan); Jennifer Whiteside and Mary Caroline Miller of Midlothian High School, Midlothian, VA (Teacher: Mrs. Sue Robertson); Ashley Cowall of Manchester High School West, Manchester, NH (Teacher: Mrs. Dennis);  Alicia DeNardis of Mount de Sales Academy, Cantonsville, MD (Teacher: Mrs. Marion Altoz);  Rachel Hamsmith and Kristina Gregory of Rosary High School, Aurora, IL (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Spencer); Lauren Dill and Ryan Belknap of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Austin, TX  (Teacher: Jennie Luongo); Nuriel Moghavem of Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA (Teacher: Nat Damon);  Susan Richmond, Jill Boblick, and Jennifer Wild of Nazareth Academy, La Grange Park, IL (Teacher: Ms. Lori Wasielewski); Amy Brokus of Tri-City Christian Academy, Somersworth, NH (Teacher: Mrs. Sandra Gullo);  Jocelyn Kwiencien of North Royalton High School, North Royalton, OH (Teacher: Mrs. Nancy Szabo); Graham Blackburn of Hawken School, Gates Mills, OH (Teacher: Ms. Jodie Gill);  and Jonathan Carr of St. Thomas More High School, Raleigh, NC (Teacher: Mr. Ryan Seeger).

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 has 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.