Among Recent Winners

Three Luther College English majors were among the winners announced at the awards banquet concluding the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, meeting in Minneapolis March 25-28, 2009.


Maia Elgin ('09), from LaCrosse,WI, won the $500 first prize award for the best original poetry presented at the convention. She was competing against 132 others in this award category. [Maia is now an MFA student at Louisiana State in Baton Rouge.]

Catherine Docken ('09), from St. Paul, MN, won $150 for placing third among critical essays on American Literature and Film for her paper, “Guys Gone Girls Gone Wild,” in which she compared the films Some Like It Hot and Tootsie. [Catherine now lives and works in Lanesboro, MN.]

Laura Fuller ('10) won a Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship of $1,500 to be applied towards her senior year as an English major at Luther. [Laura now works for Manhattan Concert Productions and is studying toward an MFA at the New School in Manhattan, NY.]

In earlier years,

Sarah Schultz ('06) was awarded the P.C. Somerville Award for Future Teachers ($2500). [Sarah is now a language arts teacher in the Linn-Marr Community School District in Marion, IA.]

Erika Strandjord ('06)'s essay “Green” won the $100 prize for best essay on convention theme. Erika also won the Senior Scholarship ($2500). [Erika is currently a PhD student at Ohio State University.]


After presenting their work at Sigma Tau Delta Conventions, the following students were published in Sigma Tau Delta journals:

Kristine Wietecha ('12). “Emelye’s Objectified Characterization: A Study of Gender Characterization in Chaucer’s ‘The Knight’s Tale.’” The Sigma Tau Delta Review 9 (2012): 64-69. Print. [Kristi now teaches English at the Lakes Area Charter School is Osakis, MN.]

Lauren Nielsen ('13). “Perception.” The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle: Journal of Creative Writing (2013). Forthcoming. [Lauren is a senior at Luther and the editor of the college yearbook.]

Ashley Widmark ('08). “How to Grieve” [poem]. Sigma Tau Delta online journal Paradigm.