Hope College has announced three winners in the 28th annual Vienna Summer School Essay/Poetry Competition, held for students enrolled in the 2009 Hope 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 program for the past 34 years and is a professor of English at Hope.

First prize of $100 went to senior Michelle Stoel of Zeeland for "Hardly a Description of What Vienna Gave to Me."

Second prize of $50 went to sophomore Michael Dirksen of Grand Rapids for "Two Worlds.  One Family."

Third prize of $25 went to Gwen MacIver of Western Springs, Ill., for "Take Them."

This year's judges, who are both previous winners in the Plaggemars Essay/Poetry Competition, were Tom Bamborough and Dr. Elizabeth Trembley. Bamborough, a 1983 Hope graduate, is the principal of Bamborough Print Communication in Ada. Trembley, a 1985 Hope graduate, is an associate professor of English and director of the FOCUS and SOAR programs at Hope, and a writer of scholarly works and popular fiction.

Consisting of two consecutive three-week sessions, the Vienna Summer School offers students a choice of work in Austrian art and architecture, intercultural communication, Austrian history, Vienna's musical traditions, empires, cultural anthropology and a Senior Seminar, all taught in English, as well as courses in the 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.