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Trine University announces winners in student writing competition

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Winners receive cash awards and will be published in school's literary magazine.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 09:01 pm

Trine University has announced the winners of its eighth annual Walter Cunningham Writing Contest.Named after Walter Cunningham, a Tri-State University (as Trine was formerly known) alumnus, the campus-wide competition honors the best in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and academic writing. Early in his career, while working for the U.S Department of Labor, Cunningham and his team were asked to write reports to be used as evidence in federal court cases. He found this experience so challenging that he was inspired to embark on a successful campaign to teach himself to write more effectively.

Cunningham and his wife Don Nell Cunningham sponsor the Cunningham contest each year.

Winners this year are:

Fiction Division:

First: “Lone Wolf” by Mycah Houser, a sophomore English and communication major from Valparaiso.

Second: “Fly Again” by August Buehrer, a senior music major from Angola.

Academic Division:

First: “Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders: Onset, Prognoses, and Impact” by Jordan Tinkle, a senior chemical engineering major from Shelbyville.

Second: “The Impact of Plastic Pollution” by Mycah Houser.

Third: “Detection and Prevention of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis Infection in Dairy Cattle: A Review” by Nicole Walters, a senior chemical engineering major from Sunbury, Ohio.

Poetry Division:

First: “I Rode a Dragon Today” by Jordan Blank, a junior English education major from Montpelier, Ohio.

Second: “Distant Memory” by Stevie Rosales, a junior math education major from Adrian, Mich.

Third: “House Upon the Hill” by Elijah Thiess, a freshman communication major from Reading, Mich.

Honorable mention: “Christmas is Near” by Sydney Ilko, a freshman elementary education major from Greenwood.

Creative Nonfiction Division:

First: “Poison” by Alexis DeLancey-Christiansen, a senior professional writing and English studies and communication major from Angola.

Second: “Handsome Goodbye,” by Stevie Rosales.

Third: “The Salt and The Penny,” by Mycah Houser.

Honorable mention: “Zucchini Heaven,” by Maria Till, a freshman psychology major from Fort Wayne.

Winners receive an award certificate and cash prizes — $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third — and have their names inscribed on a plaque in Trine’s Taylor Hall.


All winners also will have their work published in Trine’s online literary magazine (InscriptionsJournal.org) and be recognized at an award ceremony in April.


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