Concord University Student Sarah Paxton Receives First Place Award In State Literary Symposium

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 17 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University student Sarah Paxton took first prize for her essay “‘Men prize the thing ungained more than it is’: Conflation of Honor and Sex in Troilus and Cressida” at the 23rd Annual West Virginia Undergraduate Literary Symposium held at Fairmont State University on April 11.

Ms. Paxton was one of seven Concord University students participating in this competition. 

Additional Concord presenters and the titles of their papers were: Amanda French, “The Emergence and Evolution of the Female through Gothic Literature”; Madison Jorgensen, “The Rhetoric of American Preachers and Prophets”; Brittney McPherson, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: Ironic Wish Fulfillment in Keats’ ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’”; Virginia Mann, “Shining a Light in the Darkness: Heart-Felt Religion in Hard Times”; Mary Price, “ ‘And with Absolute Trust’: The Promotion of Civilly –Diverse Society in Dracula”;  and, Ronni Wood, “Hemans in an Anthology?”

The papers presented were selected from submissions by undergraduate students from six colleges and universities in West Virginia, and, for the first time, from outside the state (University of Texas-El Paso.)

Two photos are attached below.

Concord University student Sarah Paxton, second from left, is the first place winner of the Annual West Virginia Undergraduate Literary Symposium. Also pictured, from left, are Concord faculty Dr. Charles Brichford, Division of Humanities chair; Dr. Anthony Patricia, lecturer in English; and Dr. Gabriel Rieger, associate professor of English.


Concord University students participating in the Annual West Virginia Undergraduate Literary Symposium are from left: Virginia Mann, Ronni Wood, Madison Jorgensen, Brittney McPherson, Sarah Paxton, Amanda French and Mary Price. Sarah Paxton is the first place winner of the event.



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