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Moravian Honors Student Writers with Lebensfeld Prizes

Bethlehem, Pa., June 20, 2005—Moravian College recently announced the winners and honorable mentions for the 2004-2005 Lebensfeld Student Writing Prize. The prize winners are selected by a team of Moravian College alumni who work in the fields of writing, publishing, and communications.

The winner for the Best Academic/Scholarly Essay was Rachel Hogan ’06, Easton, Pa., for her work entitled, “A Seat at the Table: The Overlooked Role of Women in the Fight for Food and Drug Regulation in the United States,” and Honorable Mention was awarded to Kate Helm ’05, Easton, Pa., for “When the Mighty Fall: Okonkwo in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” and to Regina LaCaruba ’05, Bloomfield, N.J., for “The Microbiology of Bioremediation: The Mitigation of Toxic Wastes and Contamination.”

Brendan J. Wright ’05, Horsham, Pa., received the Poetry award for “Flinch.” Recipients of Honorable Mention were Rachel Hogan ’06, Easton, Pa., for “Rope the Moon” and Alexis Vergalla ’06, Glen Gardner, N.J., for “small town in Massachusetts.”

Winner of the Short Story category was Alexis Vergalla ’06. Glen Gardner, N.J., for “Sprain” and Sara Suleman ’05, Pakistan, received Honorable Mention for “Finding the Right Man.”

Sarah B. Wagenseller ’05, Levittown, Pa., was recognized as the winner of the Personal Essay for “Why I’m Afraid of Zombies” and Honorable Mention given to Peter Cunha ’07, Milford, N.J., for “A Woman is a Soldier.”

Ian Maynard, Bethlehem, Pa., won for “A Beautiful Day” in the Fall Writing 100 competition while Krystle Willing ’08, Lansford, Pa., received Honorable Mention for “Freedom: The Price of Liberty.”

The Spring Writing 100 prize was awarded to Jessica Bodine ’08, Moorestown, N.J., for “Rejected,” and Honorable Mention to Danielle Corvacchioli ’08, Collegeville, Pa., for “Adapting Literature to Film: Preserving Elements of Story in The Quiet American

The Lebensfeld Prize is sponsored by the Moravian College Writing Center and funded through the support of the Lebensfeld Foundation of Jersey City, New Jersey. Prizes are awarded each year for both the fall and spring semesters for the Best Writing 100 Essays. Faculty members who teach Writing 100 in the spring and fall semesters select the winning essays. All essays are then "published" in a collection called THE BEST WRITING 100 ESSAYS and a cash prize of $50 is also awarded to the student winner. The prize-winning works will also appear on the Moravian College Writing Center's Web page (accessible through the English Department Web page) soon.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.