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Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Six students receive 2012 Droste Awards

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo English Department recently presented six students with the Spring 2012 Droste Awards for outstanding writing.

Freshman Morgan Haldeman's paper, “Atmospheric Precursors to Earthquakes and their Geologic Backgrounds,” took Outstanding English Second Language/Freshman Composition Paper. Senior Kathryn Akamine's paper on “An Analysis of Environmental Science Introductions” was named the Outstanding Work in Writing for the Majors. Senior Hannah Loo's paper, “Jewish Identity and Holocaust Survival in The Pawnbroker” took the award for Outstanding 200-Level English Paper. Sophomore Matthew Therrien's portfolio of poetry won the award for Outstanding Work in Poetry. Senior Robin Belcher received the award for Outstanding Work in Fiction for her short story, “The Black Mirror.” Each award is $250.

Senior Keala Richard received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for her research paper, “The Evolving Persona of Pocahontas: Popular Myth as a Tool for Imposing Political, Ideological, and Economic Agendas on American Society.”

In addition, two English majors, Senior Hannah Loo and Junior Karl Hennen, received $250 book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

The awards are made possible by a bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.


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