October 28, 1997

Middlebury College Announces 1997 Recipient of the Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize in Writing for First-Year Students

The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize in Writing for first-year students at Middlebury College was awarded this year to Lindsay R. Medigovich '00 of San Francisco, Calif. The $500.00 prize is presented annually to the first-year student whose writing best exemplifies, in the words of the bequest, "The use of basic English as the writer's most necessary tool: precise and exact usage of words, exact meanings, phrases expressed lucidly and gracefully."

Ms. Medigovich's winning paper, "Defining Home," was written last spring for her Imagining Nature class taught by Kathy Skubikowski, professor of English and director of the writing program. In response to an assignment on writing about place, Ms. Medigovich discussed how the patterns of the stars-for so long a constant from her home of San Francisco-have shifted to unfamiliar locations now that she is in Vermont.

The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize was established by his widow, Dorothy Cate Ward '28, in 1978. Mr. Ward, who won a Pulitzer Prize and received the French Legion of Honor, enjoyed a life-long career as a journalist and diplomatic reporter. The award is sponsored by Tom and Marren Meehan of Bethesda, Md. Mrs. Meehan is the daughter of Dorothy Cate Ward.

In presenting the awards, professor Skubikowski noted that she was especially impressed this year at the range of interests the students' writing represented. "It's especially gratifying," she said, "because when Middlebury College committed itself to requiring writing in courses throughout the curriculum, and not only in English courses, we committed ourselves to an idea about the place of writing in a liberal arts education."

Receiving honorable mention for the Ward Memorial Prize in Writing were Elizabeth A. Allen of Essex Junction, Vt.; Emily P. Hillenbrand of Keene, N.H.; David R. Keeling of Charlottesville, Va.; Hilary B. Poremski of Florence, Vt.; Frank J. Stewart of Reno, Nev.; and Timothy M. Sullivan of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The remaining nominees were Molly E. Fitzgibbon of Yardley, Pa.; Mark C. Hamilton of South Windsor, Conn.; Aaron S. Helminski of Putney, Vt.; Sondra D. Le Clair of Underhill, Vt.; Corinna M. Luyken of Corvallis, Ore.; Stephanie C. Saldana of San Antonio, Texas; Christopher Vourlias of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Christina K. Zug of Wellesley, Mass.