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Baker senior earns recognition for nonfiction

March 5, 2014

Katelin Colby, a Baker University senior from Paola, placed third in creative nonfiction essays at Sigma Tau Delta International 2014 on Feb. 26-March 1 in Savannah, Ga. More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the English honors society event featuring the best student writers in the country.

Colby is majoring in English and sociology. Her concentrations are creative writing and literature.

The third-place finish comes a year after two Baker students — Teresa Morse and Parker Roth — placed first and second, respectively, in the poetry division.

“The odds against any school winning multiple awards in two consecutive years are astronomical,” said Marti Mihalyi, the Sigma Tau Delta chapter sponsor for Baker and manuscript adviser. “The odds against a school the size of Baker are even greater.”

Multiple rounds of national judges worked for months to select the three top creative nonfiction essays. In the end, Colby was awarded third place for “It Began with a Car.” The essay, written for a creative nonfiction class and later revised for competition, chronicles the early relationship of her father and mother by focusing on another subject entirely: her father’s cherished Chevy.

Other students who represented Baker at the convention were Carly Berblinger, Lauren Jaqua and Morse.

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. With more than 850 active chapters in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

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