Previous David J. Prior Award Winners
Nathaniel Duggan, University of Maine at Farmington
Nathaniel Duggan is a dual English and Creative Writing major in his senior year at the University of Maine at Farmington. He primarily writes fiction and poetry. A Maine resident, he has many pieces that include rocky coastlines, pine trees, and deep-sea crustaceans. After graduating, he'd like to pursue an MFA in creative writing.
Read his essay here.
Ryan Lindsay, University of Alberta's Augustana Campus
Ryan Lindsay, an Outdoor Education/Physical Education major at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus has been named the recipient of the 2015 David J. Prior COPLAC Award
Read his essay here.
Honorable mentions go to Lydia Godwin (University of Montevallo, read her essay here), Justine Lazatin (SUNY Geneseo, read her essay here), and Sheryl Murray (University of Illinois at Springfield, read her essay here).
Jane Jackson, Fort Lewis College
Jane Jackson is graduating this year from Fort Lewis College with a degree in U.S. History. Growing up in Wyoming and spending time exploring the Western United States has given her a keen interest in western history. Her senior thesis was a study of the uranium industry in Moab and its connection to the establishment of Canyonlands National Park. After graduating, Jane plans on following her passions for climbing, exploring, reading, and writing for a while and looks forward to see what else life has in store for her.
Read her essay here.
Sherry Leung, SUNY Geneseo
Sherry Leung is a senior at SUNY Geneseo, majoring in History with Adolescent Education certification and with a minor in Sociology. A native of Fresh Meadows, New York, Sherry has taught in New York City, Hong Kong, and Ghana. She was the recipient of a 2013 Geneseo Volunteer and Service award for her personal dedication to serving the Geneseo campus and community. Next year, Sherry will be working with City Year in Manchester, New Hampshire, mentoring and supporting at-risk students.
Read her essay here. You can also watch a video of Sherry reading her paper here.
Honorable mentions go to Gregory Bukowski (Ramapo College of New Jersey, read his essay here), Leah Kuehn (University of Maine Farmington, read her essay here), Corey McClintock (UNC Asheville, read her essay here), and Leah Tams (University of Mary Washington, read her essay here).
Cory Young, SUNY Geneseo
Cory Young is a senior History major and theater minor at SUNY Geneseo. A native of Pittsford, NY, Cory’s work focuses on 18th and 19th century American history with an emphasis on the intersection between ideas and policy. He wrote an honors thesis on Thomas Jefferson's identity as a Virginia planter and slaveowner. After graduating, Cory would like to attend graduate school and begin work on a PhD in early American intellectual and social history.
Read his essay here and watch his video here.