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April 3, 2013
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Creative writers place first, second at national event

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two Baker University students — Teresa Morse and Parker Roth — placed in original poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta International convention March 20-23 in Portland, Oregon. More than 1,000 students and faculty attend the event featuring the best student writers in the country.Teresa-Morse-and-Parker-Rothforweb

Morse, a junior English major from Gardner, Kan., won the first prize for her collection, "When No One is Looking," and received $600. Roth, a senior majoring in English and music from Minneapolis, Kan., placed second for her poem cycle, "The Pianist in the Practice Room," and was awarded $300.

"The success of our students at this national writing conference is truly amazing, given the number of participants from all over the country, including the best creative writing programs in our nation," said Cynthia Appl, chair of Baker's Department of the Humanities. "Our students brought a combination of natural ability and the skills and knowledge they developed in creative writing and literature courses at Baker to bear on their performance at the national conference."

The Baker students submitted their original manuscripts last fall and survived multiple rounds of judging to be selected for the conference. Other Baker students who had their works judged at the competition were Haven Ashley, Katelin Colby and Kyrie Bair.

The Sigma Tau Delta chapter sponsor for Baker and the manuscript adviser is Marti Mihalyi.

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. With more than 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.