Elizabeth Dirkse of Holland and Nolan Jensen of Marquette were named winners of the annual student writing awards presented by the English department at Northern Michigan University. Dirkse received the Barnard Award, which is given to a student who prepares an exceptional paper in the college composition I course. She was honored for her essay titled “Tia Liz.” The two finalists in the Barnard Award competition were Alayna Sobieniak of Wayzata, Minn., and Douglas Straka of Naperville, Ill. Jensen received the Houston Award for writing an exceptional paper in the college composition II course. His essay was titled “Make Yourself.” The two finalists in the Houston Award competition were Jessica Wilson of Marquette and Jessica Parker of Gladstone. The Barnard Award was established in 1969 to honor Ellsworth Barnard, an NMU English professor from 1957-1968. The Houston Award was established in 1984 in memory of Howard Houston, an NMU English professor from 1968-1983. A panel of English department faculty members selected the winners.