The Department of Classics at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, is proud to announce the winners of the fourteenth 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 imagine that they were living in Pompeii in 78 A.D. and to describe their surroundings, family life, and daily activities. 429 entries were received from fifty-two schools in eighteen states. Each entrant receives a certificate of participation from Monmouth college.

The winner of a $150 cash award is Elizabeth Covart of Manchester High School West in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her teacher's name is Mrs. Diane Provost.

Honorable mentions (listed randomly by school) were awarded to the following students: Jessica Pryor, International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Jennifer K. Stairs, teacher); Tina Kim and Colleen Fagan, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL (Mrs. J. Hayes, teacher); Chad Greenwald and Kim Hogan, Hawken School, Gates Mills, OH (Stergios Lazos, teacher); Jim Dempsey, Zach Lazar and Daniel Gelfand, Hawken School, Gates Mill, OH (Ms. Jodi Gill, teacher); Kathleen Martinez, The Madeira School, McLean, VA (Mrs. Heimbach, teacher); Jill Placek, Heidi M. Seifert, Mollie O'Connor, Lisa Kramer, Rachel Weiler and Adrienne Detanico, Rosary High School, Aurora, IL (Mrs. Kathy Spencer, teacher); Ben Harris, Thornton Academy, Saco, ME (Mrs. Cody, teacher); Emily Marie Holt, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, OH (Mr. Steven Anderson, teacher); Dawn Arrington, Monacan High School, Richmond, VA (Linda Wagstaff, teacher); Carol Elizabeth Vige, Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne, FL (Joyce M. Jury, teacher); Ben Keller, Boylan High School, Rockford, IL (Victoria Slegar, teacher); Jennifer Evans, Naugatuck High School, Naugatuck, CT (Mrs. Gloria Konwerski, teacher); Jennifer Bond, Paul VI High School, Fairfax, VA (Mrs. Alana Lukes, teacher); Bonnie Goguen, Leominster High School, Leominster, MA (Michele Edelsberg, teacher); Ashley Elissa Payne, Benton Consolidated High School, Benton, IL (Cathy Simmons, teacher); Holly Meyer, Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO (Florence Lewis, teacher).

This essay honors Bernice L. Fox who taught English, Latin and Greek at the 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. E-mail: toms@monm.edu.

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