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Purple Martin Writing Awards Presented at Dordt College

Twenty-one Dordt College students were recognized for their writing ability in the annual Purple Martin Writing contest sponsored by Dordt College’s English department. Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 18.

The Purple Martin writing competition is held annually and is open to any Dordt student. Judges select winners from upperclassmen in the categories of fiction, poetry, personal writing, analysis, and exposition. Freshman work is placed in a separate division.

Cash prizes were awarded for first and second place. Students who received first place, second place, or honorary mention were:

Personal Writing, upperclass: first place, Julie Ooms, Lansing, Illinois; second place, Jessica Braunschweig, Randolph, Wisconsin; third place, Harah Sun, Sioux Center, Iowa. Freshmen: first place, Tonia Van Beek, Ireton, Iowa; honorable mention, Emily Schoenfelder, Dimock, South Dakota; and Laura Mac Millan, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Exposition, upperclass: first place, Rachel De Smith, Sioux Center; second place, Sarah Gerritsma, St. Catharines, Ontario; third place, Julie Ooms, Lansing, Illinois; honorable mention, Jacqueline Wojcik, Belle Plaine, Minnesota, and Alicia Mulder, Waupun, Wisconsin. Freshmen: first place (tie), Ruth Nieuwenhuis, Calgary, Alberta, and Rachel De Smith, Sioux Center; honorable mention, Elaine Hannink, Modesto, California; and Tonia Van Beek, Ireton, Iowa.

Poetry: first place, Elbert Bakker, Winnipeg, Manitoba; second place, Salome Toryem, Johnston, Iowa; honorable mention, Nathan Smith, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Fiction: first place, Jessica Klopstra, Lacombe, Alberta; second place, Nathan Terrell, Sioux Center; honorable mention, Jessica Braunschweig, Randolph, Wisconsin; and Ann Andree, Wellandport, Ontario.

Literary Analysis: first place, Ann Andree, Wellandport, Ontario; second place, Linda Van Wyk, Wyoming, Michigan; third place, Julie Ooms, Lansing, Illinois; honorable mention, Kirby Tagney, Kimball, Minnesota, and Jeff Gutierrez, Alta Loma, California.