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Ohio University-Zanesville students recognized for outstanding essays

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (June 8, 2005) -- To pay tribute to Marye Keslar, a past assistant professor of English at Ohio University-Zanesville, the English Department established an essay contest named in her honor. The winners of the Marye Keslar Award were selected by the English professors at the University. The essays were judged on the students' extraordinary critical thinking, command of the medium of writing and their ability to offer arguments that are surprising and supported with sufficient evidence to be convincing.

The winners of this year's Marye Keslar Award are first place: Tony Stoepfel, "What's a Body but a Toy? Reflections of the Body in Langston Hughes's Mulatto;" second place: Martha Broom-Barxias, "The Secular Dilemma in France" and third place: Donovan Small, "The Little Red Monkey."

"All of the submissions for this year's award were superb," said Assistant Professor Stefan Jurasinski. "Determining the winners was difficult."

For information about the Marye Keslar Award or other writing projects offered through Ohio University-Zanesville contact Mike Nern, associate professor of English, at (740) 588-1465 or via e-mail at nern@ohio.edu

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