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This year, four graduate students and five undergraduate students were given awards for their collections. The winners received their cash prizes at a reception April 10 at the University Club on ASU’s Tempe campus.
In addition to their cash prizes, the first-place winners in each category will be eligible to compete in the Fine Books & Collections’ Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship.
The winners are:
• First place ($600) – Linguistics major Victor Parra-Guinaldo, who entered his collection on the evolution of the English language.
• Second place ($300) – Sean J. Bliznik, a theater for youth major, for his collection tracing the history of musical theater on Broadway.
• Third place ($200) – Anthropology major Cathryn M. Meegan, who entered her collection on early American political history and the lives of presidents.
• Honorable mention ($100) – Sarah Dean, an American literature major, for her collection on African-American, Jewish-American and Native American literature.
• First place ($600) – Rhonda Singer, an education major with a minor in American Indian Studies, who entered her collection of books written about, or by, Native Americans and their cultures.
• Second place ($300) – Creative writing major Jenny Brundage, who entered her collection of humorous young adult fiction.
• Third place ($200) – Preston Gardner, an English literature major, who entered his collection of contemporary Latin-American writers.
• Honorable mention ($100) – Psychology major Desha Ervin, who entered her collection of novels by Stephen King.
• First place ($250) – Graduate student Bliznik’s ability to trace the history of musical theater on Broadway won him top prize in his category.
• First place ($250) – Undergraduate Russian major Natalia Anker-Lagos took first place for her collection of books that focus on Tatar language politics and the language’s re-emergence since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
For more information about the students and their collections, visit the Web site www.asu.edu/lib/library/bookcontest and click on “Winning Collections – 2008 Winners.”