MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University’s English department recently honored the winners of the its 2010 writing contests.

            Tracy Pickering, an international studies major from Midland, placed first in the Cohodas Literary Prize for her essay, “The Romani.” Kylynn Perdue-Bronson, a Spanish major from Mayville, took second with “Chain of Evidence.” English major Hailey Heikkinen placed third with “Abandon Ship Before It’s Too Late and All This Love I Have Will Turn to Hate.” The Cohodas Literary Award was established by Rabbi Samuel and Lynn Stahl and Nancy and Paul Oberman in honor of the 65th wedding anniversary of their parents, Lois and Willard Cohodas. The goal of the award is to provoke serious thought on tolerance, promoting awareness of the Holocaust and advocating respect for human rights.

            Jessica Parker, a English writing major from Gladstone, won the VandeZande Fiction Prize for her story, “An Is to a Was.” The prize was established in 2008 to honor late NMU professor John VandeZande.

            Hannah Schug, an art and design major from Grawn, won the Legler Memorial Poetry Prize with her poem, “Limbo is a Bus Station.” The prize is awarded to undergraduate students and is in honor of late NMU professor Phil Legler.

            Reannon Dykehouse, an English major from Cheboygan, won the Houston Award for her essay, “Irishmen.” The Houston award is given to a student who writes an exceptional essay in an English 211 class. It was established to honor former NMU professor Howard Houston.

            Jacqueline Carroll, an art and design major from Wixom, won the Barnard Award for her essay, “Oh Me, Oh Michelangelo.” The Barnard Award is given to a student who writes an exceptional paper in English 111. It was established to honor former NMU professor Ellsworth Barnard.

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