English Students Earn Numerous National Awards

10/1/2020

Sigma Delta Tau, the English honor society, held its induction in Oct. 2019. Photo taken pre-COVID-19For the third time in five years, Palm Beach Atlantic has won Sigma Tau Delta’s Outstanding Chapter Award, making it the top chapter of the English honor society in the nation.

Additionally, eight Palm Beach Atlantic students from Sigma Tau Delta had their work accepted for presentation at the National English Honor Society Convention, among many other English accolades.

The students are: Delaney Esper, a 2020 English alumna from Pittsburgh; Cailan Owens, a senior English major from West Palm Beach; Eden Prime, a 2020 philosophy alumna from Camden, Alabama; Neysa Rogers, a senior English major from Sarasota, Florida; Ali Rose, a 2020 English alumna from Lake Worth, Florida; Sarah Selden, a 2019 English and secondary education alumna from Littleton, Colorado; Brooke Stanish, a 2020 English alumna from Sunrise, Florida; and Samantha Wilber, a senior biblical studies and English major from Windermere, Florida. The conference, to be held in Las Vegas at the end of March, was canceled due to COVID-19.

Selden won Sigma Tau Delta’s Southern Region Regent’s Scholarship, becoming the third Palm Beach Atlantic student to win a major scholarship from the organization, said adviser Dr. Carl Miller attributes to leaders Selden, Stanish, Prime and Owens.

Taylor Gaede’s poem “How to Remember” was accepted into the honor society’s annual creative journal, The Rectangle. Gaede is a Master of Divinity student and 2019 English alumna from Riviera Beach, Florida. PBA students have been accepted for publication in that journal six years in a row, marking the longest-running streak of any school in the country.

Owens’ critical essay “‘Beautiful and Golden:’ Sodapop’s Polarizing Maternalism in S.E. Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders’” was accepted for publication in the honor society’s national critical journal, The Review. Owens is the second PBA student to be accepted for publication in the journal, joining Kelsey Satalino, a 2013 English alumna.

In other honors:

Olivia Anderson and Brooke Stanish, right, pose for a photo with The Rectangle, Sigma Tau Delta's literary journal. They were the first members from PBA published in the journal.Stanish won the 2020 American Christian Librarians Research Award for her study of the influence of quantum physics on the work of James Joyce, a rigorous interdisciplinary project that she completed in the fall. Stanish has had multiple creative works accepted by national journals, including the poem “When the Warrior Becomes a Horse,” in the 2020 issue of The Rectangle; the poems “The Supersymmetry of Dirt” and “A Remembrance of Carving” accepted for publication in the national journal Green Blotter; and the creative essay “A Poet’s Guide to String Theory” in The Windhover, a national journal of Christian creative writing.

Selden won the Children’s Literature Association’s Carol Gay Award for the top work of undergraduate scholarship in the nation on children’s literature. She is expanding on her paper, “Harlem Renaissance or Momentary Aberration?: An Analysis of the Newbery’s Progress toward Racial Inclusivity,” by working with faculty readers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Selden is the second winner of the award from PBA, joining Rachel Sakrisson, a 2019 English alumna.

Finally, Brynn Richer, a senior English major, had her short story “A Backpack’s Journey through the Fryeburg Flat Lands” published by the national journal Outrageous Fortune. Another of her short stories, “Pancakes in Mourning,” was accepted for publication in Green Blotter.

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Photo 1: Sigma Delta Tau, the English honor society, held its induction in October 2019. Photo taken before COVID-19.

Photo 2: Alumnae Olivia Anderson and Brooke Stanish, right, pose for a photo with The Rectangle, Sigma Tau Delta's literary journal. They were the first members from PBA to be published in the journal. Photo taken before COVID-19.