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April 28, 2016

Two English graduate students win Children's Literature Association awards

Submitted by Tom Roesler

Rebecca Rowe and Sierra Hale, both from the English department's graduate program, received 2016 Graduate Student Essay Awards from the Children's Literature Association earlier this spring.

Rowe received the Master's level award for her essay "'But Mother, I’m a Man Now': Adapting Childhood in the Musical and Film Versions of Into the Woods," which was sponsored by Anne Phillips, associate professor of English.

Hale, a 2015 graduate, received the Master’s level honor's award for her essay "Soldering Together Young Adult Science Fiction: Implicit and Explicit Racial Spaces on Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicals," which was sponsored by Joe Sutliff Sanders, associate professor of English.

"The award is open to any master's level student writing in English anywhere in the world, so the competition for the award is extensive," Sanders said. "The nomination itself is a significant honor, and a win is not only impressive, it is unprecedented in the history of K-State's top-ranked program."

The Graduate Student Essay Awards are comprised of both a doctoral level award and a separate master's level award. Award winners receive a $200 prize, a certificate, and a complimentary year's membership to the association. Recipients also are offered the opportunity to present their winning essays during a session at the annual ChLA conference June 9-11 and to receive their awards during the awards banquet.

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