Three Wellesley College Students Win Writing Prizes

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February 15, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Three Wellesley College students have been awarded the Three Generations Prize in Writing 125 by the college’s Writing Program. First Prize went to Chloe Woodward-Magrane, a first-year student from Minneapolis, Minn., for her essay, “Identity and the Idea of Home in the Writing of Christ Offutt.” She is a student of a student of Professor Heather Jordan. The judges found Chloe’s essay “a sensitive, skilled and original treatment of the works by a complex and lesser-known writer.”

Second Prize has been awarded to Tonia Wu, a first-year student from Cypress, Texas, for her essay, “Gearwe: Capturing the Essence of an Old English Word,” which the judges deemed “a creative and unusual exploration of the myriad meanings of one word.” She is a student of Professor Kathryn Lynch.

An Honorable Mention award went to Susan Downer, a first-year student from Atlanta, Ga., a student of Lynne Viti, for her essay, “The Effects of Brown v. Board of Education on DeKalb County Schools and My Education.” The judges described Susan’s essay as “a provocative and thoughtful use of incisive research combined with personal exploration.”

Each semester the Writing Program awards the Three Generations Prize to students whose work demonstrates the qualities of the best writing: clarity, eloquence and a deep feeling of engagement with the subject matter. Students’ essays are nominated for the Prize by their Writing 125 instructors, and winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Writing Program faculty.

The Prize is supported by the Three Generations Fund, named in honor of the three generations of Wellesley alumnae whose gift has contributed much to the growth of the Writing Program: Judith Stern Randal; her daughter, Judith Randal Hines, and her mother, Sybil Cohen Stern.
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