Amanda Bourne was named outstanding undergraduate and Elizabeth Rickets was honored as outstanding graduate student during English Night at Marymount University, which celebrates the achievements of students pursuing an English major or minor as well as the writers and editors of Marymounts student publications.
Bourne, of Owings, Maryland, is an English media and performance studies major with minors in theology and religious studies. An honors student, she has studied abroad in Spain, Italy and at Oxford University in Great Britain. After graduating in May, she lives in Boston, interning at Society of Saint John the Evangelist through Episcopal Service Corps.
Rickets, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, will pursue a Ph.D. in English at the University of South Florida, where she has been awarded full funding for her studies as well as a stipend and a position as a graduate assistant teacher.
In other awards:
Angelica Brewer of Arlington won The Evelyn Ludlow Award for the best research essay submitted in the English Senior Seminar course. Leticia Zelaya of Falls Church and Ashley Tucker of Hudson, Ohio, earned honorable mentions for their work.
The Sean Hoare Travel Award for travel to a conference for an outstanding graduate presentation went to Richard Henkle of Fairfax, who presented an original piece of fiction at the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Robert Reed Award, presented for the best writing submitted to Magnificat, the journal of undergraduate nonfiction writing published by the English Department, went to Nicholas Bensmiller of Wilton, New Hampshire, and Leticia Zelaya.
The magazines Editorial and Review Board was also recognized. It included Amanda Bourne; Joanna Chenaille of Vacaville, California; Madison Herbert of Amissville; Peter Lengyel of Arlington; Leora Lihach of Arlington; and Adrienne West of Great Falls.