Two William Woods University students from mid-Missouri can now add “author” and “presenter” to their list of accomplishments.
They have been chosen to present their work at the annual conference of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Brian Stuckey of Mokane and Desiree Franken of Jefferson City were selected to read their pieces at the international conference, which takes place March 29-31 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“I am so proud of both of them,” Katricia Pierson, assistant professor of English and advisor to the local Sigma Tau Delta chapter, said.
Pierson will accompany the students to the conference, where she will facilitate other sessions and attend a business meeting as a member of the scholarship committee.
In November, Stuckey and Franken were among students from around the world who submitted their original critical or creative pieces to the competitive conference. From nearly 2,000 entries, only 700 were chosen by faculty who agreed to act as readers and judges.
Stuckey’s piece is a creative non-fiction titled, “It Has a Familiar Ring.” The story is about his trip home from the Midwest region Sigma Tau Delta conference and the special Native American woman he met in a museum.
Franken’s short story, “Snowflake Lily,” centers on the importance of all people by highlighting the story of a mentally challenged person and a friend that she makes.
Stuckey is the president of the local Sigma Tau Delta chapter and will graduate in December of 2007. Franken, who will graduate in May of 2008, is the chapter treasurer.