Winners Announced in Howard Plaggemars
Posted November 2, 2001
HOLLAND -- Four Hope College seniors have been
named winners in the 20th annual Howard Plaggemars
Essay/Poetry Competition, held for students enrolled in the
2001 Vienna Summer School.
All entries responded to some aspect of each
student's experiences in Europe this past summer under the
guidance of Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, who has been director
of the Vienna Summer School program for 26 years and is a
professor of English at Hope.
First place was awarded to Beth L. Evans of
Winfield, Ill., who is an education student with a language
arts composite major, for her poem "I Awake." Second place
was awarded to Rachael S. Pridgeon of Montgomery, who is
majoring in English with a writing emphasis, for her essay
called "Letter to a Hausfrau." Two students received third-
place awards: Kristin L. Schneider of Naperville, Ill., who
is a social work major, for her essay called "Weekly
Pilgrim"; and Christopher B. Winkler of Boyne City, who is a
social studies composite major for elementary education, for
his essay on "The Ultimate in Viennese Sport."
Three Vienna Summer School graduates, all of whom
are previous winners in the Plaggemars Essay Competition,
served as judges: Tom Bamborough, a 1983 Hope graduate who
is principal of Bamborough Print Communication in Ada;
Robert Dietz of Southampton, N.Y., a 1999 Hope graduate who
is an English professor at Suffolk Community College and a
consultant for two public relations firms in the Hamptons;
and Dr. Elizabeth Trembley, a 1985 Hope graduate who is a
visiting associate professor of English at Hope and author
of a study of Michael Crichton.
Consisting of two three-week sessions, the Vienna
Summer School offers students a choice of work in art
history, communication, economics, Austrian history, music
history, German and Austrian literature, Eastern European
literature and a senior seminar, all taught in English, as
well as courses in German language, taught in German.
Students are housed with Austrian families, and are free to
plan their leisure time and take weekend excursions led by
Hemenway to places like Salzburg, Venice, Budapest, Prague
and the Austrian Alps.