The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the nineteenth 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 suggest the Twelve Labors Hercules today. This year there were 212 entries from 45 schools in 21 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 Christine Boylan of Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois. Christine is the student of Mrs. Kathy Spencer. Click here to read the winning entry. 

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following nineteen students: Christina Walmer of B. T. Washington High School, Pensacola, Florida (Teacher: Karen McAferty);  Heather Walder of Thomas More High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Teacher: Miss Mary Cox);  Nicola Kennedy of Kaikorai Valley College, Dunedin, New Zealand (Teacher: Josephine Vincent);  Jakob Harrison and Julian Fiorini of Newman Central Catholic High School, Sterling, Illinois (Teacher: Mr. Tom Padilla);  Hayden Starnes Rush of Amarillo High School, Amarillo, Texas (Teacher: Laura Giles);  Olwen F. Conant of Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Ohio (Teacher: Dr. Laura Abrahamsen); Eileen Zander of Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, Indiana (Lucy Wilkins); Mary Katherine Schweihs of Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois (Mr. David Mathers);  Jane Hill of Rosary High School, Aurora, Illinois (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Spencer);  Sabrina Delay and Joe Satarino of Bishop Dunne High School, Dallas, Texas (Teacher: Angela Cummings); Marjani C. Smith of Marylawn of the Oranges, South Orange, New Jersey (Teacher: Sr. Joan Digan); Victoria Tsang of Academy of Allied Health & Science, Neptune, New Jersey (Teacher: Mrs. Romano);  Katrina Larson, home schooled, Hadensville, Virginia (Teacher: Mrs. Robin Larson); Monika Jasiewicz of Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, Virginia (Teacher: Ms. Carter Drake);  Molly Sinderbrand of Madison West High School, Madison, Wisconsin (Teacher: Gale A. Stone); Scott Sullivan of Pope John XXIII High School, Sparta, New Jersey (Teacher: Mrs. Wendy Morris);  and Tyler Conta of Monacan High School, Richmond, Virginia (Teacher: Ms. Ruth Sameth).

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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