English majors Maia Elgin, Catherine Docken and Laura Fuller shine at Sigma Tau Delta convention

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April 03, 2009

Luther College English majors Maia Elgin, Catherine Docken and Laura Fuller were among the winners announced at the 2009 international convention of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society held in Minneapolis March 25-28.

More than 800 students and faculty sponsors from colleges and universities attended the convention to meet with other students, faculty and respected authors to present critical papers, poetry and other writing they had created. More than 600 of the conference attendees presented their papers in break out sessions.

Elgin, a Luther senior from La Crosse, Wis., won the first prize award of $500 for the best original poetry presented at the convention. She competed against 132 other presenters in the poetry category with her collection of poems titled "Hook and Lines."

Docken, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., won a $150 third place award in the convention's critical essays on American Literature and Film category. Her paper, "Guys Gone Girls Gone Wild," compared the films "Some Like It Hot" and "Tootsie."

Laura Fuller, a junior from Marion, Iowa, was runner-up winner of the junior scholarship, an award that provides $1500 toward her senior year studying English at Luther.

Siri Carlson, a senior from Jackson, Minn., and Linnea Graffunder, a junior from Dayton, Minn., presented creative-nonfiction essays at the Minneapolis convention.

Peter Scholl, Luther professor of English and sponsor of Luther's Alpha Beta Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and Diane Scholl, Luther professor of English, attended the conference with the students.

Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta has more than 760 active chapters throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbeaen. The honor society has more than 1,100 faculty sponsors and inducts approximately 8,500 new members annually.

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