Concord University Student Places First in Literature Symposium

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2006

Concord University Student Places First in Literature Symposium

Athens, W.Va. - After weeks of preparation, five Concord University students were selected to fill sixteen of the spots in West Virginia University’s 14th annual Symposium for Undergraduate Writers, and one student, Maryanne Grimmett from Rainelle, received first place honors. The students presented their essays on February 18 at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Grimmett wrote her essay on "Louisa's Defiance of the Victorian Code in Charles Dickens' Hard Times.” Each student had to make a 15-minute presentation and then answer questions and defend their ideas and interpretations. The top three essays received cash prizes.

“We have had participants for a number of years and we had one student that placed in the past, but this is the first time we had someone place first,” said Dr. John Baker, Jr., professor of English.

Concord tied with Fairmont State University for the highest number of participants with five each. This is the largest group Concord has ever sent to the symposium.

The papers included analytical, theoretical or interpretative studies of literary works, films or culture.

“There are so many more advantages to participating in this so we aren’t caught up in getting first or second place,” Baker said, adding that he thought these student’s achievements reflected well on the English department at Concord.

The remaining Concord students that participated in the symposium were: Jonathan Bradley from Peterstown, "Reflections in the Hardened Earth: Elizabeth Madox Roberts' Use of Setting in The Time of Man”; LeAnne Davis from Buckhannon, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A New Circle of Emersonian Philosophy”; Jodi McKinney from Charleston, "Mothering Moon and Sheltering Stars: The Use of Celestial Images in The Time of Man”; and Joseph Mosko from Bluefield, Va., "The Distrust of Man in the Work of Jonathan Edwards.”

Baker said having the students participate was “quite impressive.”


PHOTO: Maryanne Grimmett from Rainelle received first place at the 14th annual Symposium for Undergraduate Writers held at West Virginia University. The award included a cash prize.

PHOTO: Five Concord University students participated in the 14th Annual Symposium for Undergraduate Writers at West Virginia University. No other institution had more participants than Concord. Back (L to R): Jospeh Mosko, Bluefield, Va.: Jonathon Bradley, Peterstown; Front (L to R): Maryanne Grimmett, Rainelle; Jodi McKinney, Charleston, and LeAnne Davis, Buckhannon.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.