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Robert Penn Warren Essay Contest winners announced

The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU has announced the winners of the 2015-16 Robert Penn Warren High School Essay Contest.

Madeline Stephenson, who attends Cumberland County High School in Burkesville, received first prize for her essay, “The Systems of Life.” Matthew Doyle, of Caverna High School in Horse Cave, received second place, and Molly Morgan, also of Cumberland County High School, received third place.

The contest, open to high school students nationwide, required participants to critically analyze “Watershed,” a short poem that was first published in 1932.

At Cumberland County High, Stephenson and Morgan study English with Jason Dodson, a WKU graduate. Doyle’s English teacher at Caverna High, Melissa Sergeant Jackson, is a former WKU Writing Project Fellow.

The winners were formally recognized on April 21 prior to the annual Warren-Brooks Award Lecture.  This year’s lecturer, Dr. Ann Keniston, received the 2015 Warren-Brooks Prize for her book Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry.

Contact: Nicolette Bruner, (270) 745-2298

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