Young Writers Earn Awards From WWU’s Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta, the English
honor society at William Woods University, continued its tradition of honoring
young authors from
various Fulton elementary schools at a recognition ceremony April 11.

While parents, family and
friends watched, each of the fledgling writers read their poems or short
stories in the university’s Library Auditorium.
Acknowledged this year were:
  • Bush
    Elementary—Debra Hunter’s kindergarten class: Noah Cerenka, Wyatt Wilfley
    and Sophia Frank.
  • Bush
    Elementary—Heidi Ebersole’s fourth grade class: Lima Sherzad, Kirstyn Case
    and Olivia Abbott-Havers.
  • Bartley
    Elementary—Katie Marshall’s second grade class: Allie Schenewerk, Jayna
    Davison and Emma Fennel
  • Kingdom
    Christian Academy—Whitney Trowbridge’s kindergarten class: Avin Hernandez, Noah Thompson and Abby Bonnel. 
By organizing and hosting the
Young Writer’s Competition each year, the Eta Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta
hopes to foster a love and appreciation for the English language in the local
The competition was open to
students in kindergarten through sixth grade. First, second, and third place were
awarded to students from each class who displayed the most creativity in their
“By having this competition,
we hope to inspire creativity that will last long into their adult lives,” said
Becky Roberts, Sigma Tau Delta secretary.
This year, movie passes from
B&B Theatres in Fulton were awarded to first place winners. Second place
winners received free game passes from Fulton Bowling Center. All winners
received a book compilation, as well as a goody bag.
Sigma Tau Delta is an
international honorary society that strives to confer distinction for high
achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and
professional studies. Through its local chapters, it also strives to provide
cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and
the English language in surrounding communities.
Bartley second-grader, Allie
Schenewerk, holds the microphone as she reads and Sigma Tau Delta member, Brooke
Stromsdorfer, observes.

Leigh Rice, president of WWU’s Sigma Delta Tau;
Erik Hillskemper, adviser; congratulate first-place winners Allie Schenewerk,
Lima Sherzad and Noah Cerenka.

Bush Elementary kindergarten
student, Sophia
Frank, reads her entry while her teacher, Debra Hunter, stands
Bush kindergartner, Wyatt
Wilfley, stands on a chair to read his entry with help from Brooke Stromsdorfer.