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2014-2015 Undergraduate Award Recipients

english department

Cardinal Cushing Award—for the best fiction published in a Boston College undergraduate publication:

  • First Place to Patricia Owens, "The Royal City Theological Society" (Spring '15 Stylus)
  • Second Place to Sophia Valesca Görgens, "The Prime Time of Your Life" (Spring '15 Stylus)
  • Third Place to Michelle Tomassi, "The Ones"  from The Medical Humanities Journal of Boston College (Vol. 1, 2015)

Dever Fellowship—a substantial grant in honor of Margaret and Joseph Dever, to a graduating senior who proposes to pursue a career in writing:

  • Sameet Dhillon

Dever Award for Freshman Writing—for the best essay written by a freshman in any English course:

  • First Place: John Hogan, "Don Draper: Dying from the Moment He was Born,” nominated by Caroline Barta
  • Second Place: Michael Sullivan, "Not Your Grandpa's Baseball," nominated by
    Brian Zimmerman
  • Third Place: John Knowles, "'Haply I think on thee': Transcendence Realized in Shakespeare's ‘Sonnet 29’," nominated by Laura Tanner

William A. Kean Memorial Award—to the graduating senior judged to be the outstanding English major:

  • Emily Simon

Bishop Kelleher Award—for the best poetry published in a BC undergraduate publication:

  • First place: Christine Degenaars, "Have a Drink of Water,” The Medical Humanities Journal of Boston College (Vol. 1, 2015)
  • Second place: Sophia Valesca Görgens, "Dry Fire" (Laughing Medusa 2015)
  • Third place: Kwesi Aaron, "More Than Blonde" (Spring ‘15 Stylus)
  • Honorable Mention: Jennifer Heine, "Boston." (Fall '14 Stylus)

Denis A. McCarthy Prize—for best piece of creative writing by a junior or senior:

  • First Place:  Sameet Dhillon (fiction)
  • Second Place:  Eleanor Hildenbrandt (poetry)
  • Third Place: Michelle Tomassi (fiction)

John Randall Award—a gift of books presented in honor and memory of author and BC Professor John Randall to the undergraduate writer of the best essay on American literature and culture:

  • Emily Simon, for “Technology is lust removed from nature”:  The Shifting Sensorium of Mortality in Don DeLillo’s White Noise"