Students honored at Best of Stylus Awards Banquet

November 14, 2012

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.- University of Wisconsin-Platteville held a banquet to honor the 2011-2012 Best of Stylus Awards on Nov. 1. Several students were recognized and awarded for essays written in freshman composition courses and published in “Stylus: An Anthology of Freshman Writing.”

“Over four years, there have been more than 1,000 student essay submissions. We have published 142 student essays in the four books,” said Wendy Perkins, English lecturer and editor of “Stylus.” “The selection committee had many long discussions and cast many ballots before ultimately making these six selections for essays from the last two years,” Perkins told the audience.

“Stylus” is a required text for freshman and is published by the UW-Platteville English program and Writing Center to showcase exceptional writing from previous students and to be used as a practical teaching tool in freshman English composition classes.

“As a showcase for exemplary freshman writing, the Stylus is an excellent example of one of the high impact practices that the university is committed to providing its students,” said UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields.

Janelle Skoyen, a sophomore civil engineering major from Osseo, Wis., won the first place $300 prize with her essay titled “First Chances.”

“When it was announced, I was extremely surprised that I received the award,” said Skoyen. “It is a great honor and I am proud that my essay was chosen amongst the many deserving pieces in the Stylus. I appreciate the efforts of the English department and the ‘Stylus’ editors to ensure that UW-Platteville graduates are well equipped for their futures.”

Runner up was Friedrich Wiggert, a sophomore general engineering major from La Crosse, Wis. for his essay, Hunting Solidarity. Wiggert earned the $200 prize.

“I was extremely impressed with the creativity and quality of writing and think the essays published in ‘Stylus’ are wonderful forms and usage of the English language,” said Helene Magee, 1972 UW-Platteville graduate who donated the prizes for the event. “I am pleased to donate the incentive.  I will proudly continue funding the ‘Stylus’ awards and encouraging programs like this aimed for students achieving a well-rounded education.”

Other finalists included Jessica Ausel from Madison, Wis.; Miguel Camara, Kayla Hirsch from Cuba City, Wis.; and Natasha Grant from Stoughton, Wis., who all earned $100 awards.

“We have been extremely fortunate to get excellent help from students assistants like Mitch Folik and Brianna Jentz,” said Evelyn Martens, director of UW-Platteville Writing and Tutoring Resources and editor of “Stylus.”

According to Martens, next year the editors will publish a best of “Stylus” edition featuring the best work from 2009-2012.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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