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Randolph students selected to present writing at English honor society convention

Six Randolph College students will present their writing next month at the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the world’s largest English honor society.

The convention is typically attended by colleges much larger than Randolph, and in many cases, Randolph had more students accepted to present their work, said Gary Dop, a Randolph English professor and the advisor to Randolph’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter.

Participating in the convention will help Randolph’s students make connections with other writers, as well as give them more experience with academic work, Dop said.

“When our students present their original work at conferences, they enter the larger academic conversation about scholarship and creative writing, engaging with their peers and prominent scholars and writers from around the world,” he added. “Students who attend conferences better understand their ability to participate in the supportive network of like-minded people in their field. It’s thrilling to see them soak in keynote events, present their own work, and forge relationships with their peers.”

In addition to presenting their work, the students will attend sessions to hear other papers and learn more about the study of language. Dop will also lead a featured workshop at the conference.

Below is a list of the Randolph students selected and their work, which was written as part of English courses at Randolph:

Mandy Boucher ’15

“Rusted Clockwork and Other Poems,” a collection of poetry

Grace Gardiner ’15

“The Art of Losing,” a collection of poems

Olivia Groff ’14, ’15 MAT

“It’s Okay with Me,” a collection of poetry

Ellen Meadows ’15

“Arden of Faversham as a Power Play,” literary analysis

Nik Oliver ’16

“The Unofficiant,” an essay

Erin Vasta ’15

“SkunkDrunk,” a short story



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