Illinois Valley Community College’s Catie Calderon, of La Salle, earned a second-place award in personal essay and Taylor Johnson, of Tonica, placed second in literary analysis at the recent Sigma Kappa Delta writing competition in Cincinnati.
The national competition also awards first-, second- and third-place honors in poetry and short fiction. Winners receive a monetary award and their works are published in a national literary journal.
Sigma Kappa Delta is the English honor society for two-year colleges. IVCC’s chapter, Mu Alpha, was chartered in 1997 by instructor Kimberly Radek-Hall and now is co-sponsored by instructor Delores Robinson.
Johnson and Mu Alpha Secretary Justin Lewis, of Princeton, attended the annual convention hosted by SKD and its sister organizations Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society for four-year colleges and universities, and the National English Honor Society for high schools.
The conference, “Seeking Freedom,” included roundtable presentations, guest speakers and the awards luncheon. Participants also toured the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the house and museum dedicated to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Mu Alpha recognizes and rewards achievements in English language and literature, provides cultural stimulation and promotes interest in English on campus and in the community. In addition, IVCC’s chapter fosters English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing, promotes professional interaction among members and exhibits high standards of academic achievement.
Other current student officers are President Akari Oya, of Peru, and Vice President BriAnna Hagenson, of Sheridan.