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BC's English Department Presents 2013 Awards

The Outstanding Senior Awards in English were presented to three English majors during the annual Awards Convocation on May 7 at Bridgewater College.

Receiving the awards were Katie Smith from Copper Hill, Va., Matthew Staton from Keezletown, Va., and Timothy Wisniewski from Fredericksburg, Va.

The awards included a certificate and a cash gift. The recipients are selected based on excellence in work performed in the English major.

Smith is the daughter of Bruce and Paula Smith of Copper Hill. At Bridgewater, Smith is a member of the Student Virginia Education Association and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

Smith completed an honors project, “Don’t Dis My Ability: An In-Depth Look at the Character-Driven Portrayal of Disabilities and Perspective in Contemporary Young Adult Literature.”

Staton is the son of William and Rachel Staton of Keezletown. At Bridgewater, Staton is a founding member and vice president of Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets, an on-campus writing group. He completed an honors project, “Laughing in the Face of the Mushroom Cloud: The Use of Black Humor in the Work of Vonnegut, Pynchon, and DeLillo.”

Staton had a short story, “The Artist’s Portrait,” published in The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (Volume 88, 2013), the society’s creative writing journal.

Wisniewski is the son of Donald and Kathy Wisniewski of Fredericksburg. At Bridgewater, he participates in men’s cross country and track and field.

All three recipients are members of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society; and Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. All three have also served as tutors in the college’s Writing Center.

In October 2012, all three winners presented papers at Shepherd University in Martinsburg, W.Va., as part of a conference sponsored by Shepherd’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta .

Smith presented “A Father by Default: The Surrogate Father Roles of Joe Ransom and Merlin LeBlanc.” Staton’s paper was “Harry Crews and the Faith of ‘The Chance of Ultimate Responsibility.’” Wisniewski presented “fair case of the cain’t-help-its’: Angst of Stagnation in Southern Literature.”

All three graduated on May 18. Smith will pursue a master’s degree in English with a concentration in American literature at Radford University. Staton will pursue a master’s degree in English at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Posted 7/29/13

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