The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the sixteenth 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 describe twelve labors suitable to Hercules at the end of the second millennium, telling how he would accomplish them, while making frequent reference to the original myth. 316 entries were received from forty-eight schools in 17 states. Each entrant receives a certificate of participation from Monmouth College.

The winner of a $150 cash award is Shannon Perkins of Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, student of Mrs. Sally Cody. Click here to read the winning entry.

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following fifteen students: Stefanie Resch at Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida (Teacher: Ms. Darlene Bailey); Brandi Hewitt at Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Indiana (Teacher: Mrs. Schwickrath); Danielle Niedert at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, Texas (Teacher: Angela Cummings); Kate M. Bock at Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois (Teacher: Mrs. Spencer); Steve Bohinc, Nick Iammarino and Matt MacEwan at Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio (Teacher: Mrs. Gill); Margo Bouchie at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine (Teacher: Mrs. Sally Cody); Jeb White at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia (Teacher: Mrs. Donna Dollings); Tara Schultz at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee (Teacher: Mr. Ryan Sellers); Sarah Woodson and Eric Dutko at Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham, Connecticut (Teacher: Mrs. Sersanti); Diana Rdzanek at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois (Teacher: Mr. David Mathers); Christopher R. Pisani at University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit, Michigan (Teacher: Mr. Young); and Rita Lomio at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California (Teacher: Mrs. Ann Criswell);

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, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 309-457-2371.

This webpage was prepared by Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz. If you have any questions, you can contact him at toms@monm.edu.

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