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Winners of Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award Announced

Winners of Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award Announced

Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2020

St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the 2020 Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award. The annual competition was established in memory of SJU graduate Sara Elizabeth “Sally” Headley's (BA ‘04 - English Language and Literature) mother. The award honours essays written by upper year undergraduate students, which are distinguished by their eloquence, originality, and persuasive power.

 

Congratulations to Nicole Bennett who wrote "Freedom of Body and Language: Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" as a Precursor to the Écriture Féminine and Poststructuralist Theoretical Feminism"; and Upama Poudyal for “The Feasibility of Indigenous Decoloniality through Law School Education", who tied as prize winners in the Course-related Essay category.  The category is for essays written for a third or fourth year level course taught at St. Jerome’s University or any University of Waterloo campus or affiliated institution. Each winner will receive a $1,500 prize. The winner in the Personal Essay category for a reflective submission, is Emilie Stanley, who will receive a $500 prize for her essay “Together Apart”. Copies of the winning submissions are available on the library’s Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award page on the university’s website.

 

All submissions were reviewed by the Award committee comprised of Dr. Carol Acton (Department of English), Lorna Rourke (SJU’s Librarian and the chair of the competition), Dr. Mark Spielmacher (Department of English), and Dr. Anastasia Tataryn (Legal Studies). SJU’s librarian and review committee chair, Lorna Rourke described this year’s submissions as “truly outstanding”, making selecting just one winner in each category difficult.

 

"Thirty-one papers were submitted to the competition this year,” noted Rourke. “The committee members read each one carefully and worked hard individually and then collaboratively to select the winning essays. The essays submitted this year were among the best we have received in the many years I have chaired this committee. Thank you to each student who submitted an essay--it was a pleasure to read every one of them!"

 

The Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award Review Committee also acknowledges the efforts of Emma Tristan Little (“In Defense of Damianakes:  How a Cover Illustration Upholds Symbolism and Form in A Farewell to Arms”) and Peter Voltsinis (“The Toonerville Trolley:  The Politicization of the Scarborough Rapid Transit Line in Post-Suburban Toronto"), who received honourable mentions for their course-related essay submissions.

Nicole Bennett
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Upama Poudyal
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Emilie Stanley
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COURSE RELATED ESSAY WINNER (Tie)
Nicole Bennett
COURSE RELATED ESSAY WINNER (Tie)
Upama Poudyal
PERSONAL ESSAY WINNER
Emilie Stanley