The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the eighteenth 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 communicate to an ancient Roman how Latin and Roman culture are important in 21st century America.  This year there were 141 entries from thirty five schools in seventeen states. 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 Katherine Roseanne Jaeger of Monacan High School in Richmond, Virginia. Her teacher is  Mrs. Linda Wagstaff. Click here to read the winning entry. 

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following seventeen students: Hayden Rush of Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas (teacher: Mrs. Giles); Sabrina DeLay and Anne M. Villanueva of Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, Texas (Teacher: Mrs. Angela Cummings); Katie Keckler of Keckler Homeschool in Gardners, PA (Teacher: M. Louise Keckler); Lauren Scott and Lindsay Saunders of Rosary High School in Aurora, IL (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Spencer); Katherine Mervart and Mallory Beck of Lakewood High School in Lakewood, OH (Teacher: Dr. Laura Abrahamsen); Laura McAllister of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, PA (Teacher; Mrs. Kim Ryan); Patricia Hay of Butler Senior High School in  Butler, PA (Teacher: Mrs. Linda Russell);  Brigette Masho, Leigh Weinert and Sarah Hixson of Monacan High School in Richmond, VA (Teacher: Mrs. Linda Wagstaff); Kristen Voyvodich of Portland High School in Portland, Maine (Teacher: Mrs. Tucci); Daniel Boose of James River High School in Midlothian, VA (Teacher: Mrs. Dollings); Brad Morrison of Midlothian High School, in Midlothian, VA (Teacher: Ms. Roibertson); and Alexis Nwankwo of the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, IL (Teacher: Dennis Czerny).

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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