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St. Norbert College Students, Faculty Attend English Convention

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From St. Norbert College, March 28, 2013
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College students and faculty attended the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society's annual convention in Portland, Ore. from March 20-23. The convention hosts nearly 1000 participants from across the country and recognizes literary excellence.

The following St. Norbert College students presented a critical essay or creative work at the convention:

Chris Aman of Oak Forest, Ill.

Rachel Gintner of Manitowoc, Wis.

Hannah Hankins of Plymouth, Wis.

Colin Herzog of Manitowoc, Wis.

Tara Lovdahl of Racine, Wis.

Anna Miller of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Tanya Montgomery of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Monica Platten of Green Bay, Wis.

Emma Riehl of Shiocton, Wis.

Grace Schmitt of Burlington, Wis.

Luanne Spence of Kenosha, Wis.

Stefanie Trinkl of Wausau, Wis.

Gabby Zewdu-Habte of Columbia, Md.

Papers submitted to the convention are placed into categories by theme, with over 100 submissions in each category. Of these submissions three St. Norbert College students won awards for best essay in their category: Riehl won first place for her essay in critical theory; Schmitt won third place for her essay in critical theory; and Spence won third place for her essay in American literature.

St. Norbert faculty members Karlyn Crowley, associate professor of English, Laurie MacDiarmid, professor of English, and John Pennington, professor of English, were also actively involved in the convention. Crowley was a Sigma Tau Delta publications editor and moderator of sessions. MacDiarmid was a co-advisor, and Pennington was a co-advisor and moderator of sessions.

For more information on the convention, contact John Pennington at 920-403-3147 or For more information on Sigma Tau Delta, visit

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