IU in first for Hearst Competition

In Awards, Hearst, IDS on January 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I know I’m a little late on this news, but a big congrats to Mary Kenney and Claire Wiseman for pushing IU into first place in the Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition.

The enterprise writing competition results were released this week. Mary earned second place for her piece on the “crooked odyssey” of convicted killer Robert E. Lee.


When the phone rang, Dana Jones was at his desk at the mission. The caller was from Indiana parole.

“Do you take murderers?” the man asked, off-hand.“Yes,” Jones said. “We have before.”

Claire earned third for her story about political life in the small town of Butler, Ind.


There are 17 in all, written on the whiteboard across the room, brought in from an Amish-Mennonite bakery down the road.

The couple Capp is serving considers.

For them, it’s simple. The sugar cream.

Pick a pie from the list and move on.

For Capp, recommending a pie is hard enough. Picking one is even tougher.

She’s indecisive. She couldn’t even tell you which party she’s chosen more often.

“I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican, alright?” Capp says. ”I vote for who I think can do the best.”
Right now, Capp can’t figure out who that person is. It takes a while for her to articulate her positions.

That put IU in first in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition. Here are the current standings.

  1. Indiana University
  2. Northwestern University
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. Arizona State University
  5. University of Missouri (tie)
  6. University of Florida (tie)
  7. Syracuse University
  8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  9. Drake University
  10. University of Kansas

Taking first in the enterprise competition was Rachel Janik of Northwestern University. Her story on bullying and suicide in high schools is worth a read.


On a Monday in August of 2010, Tammy Aaberg stood before the Anoka-Hennepin School Board for the first time. She slowly approached the microphone in a red T-shirt, with a collection of rubber bracelets supporting various causes on her wrist. Her eyes, though nearly covered by her blonde bangs, threatened to overflow with tears. She placed a picture of her son on the desk in front of her, and informed the board that 15-year-old Justin, openly gay, had hanged himself the previous month.

Aaberg told the four board members in attendance that after Justin’s death, she learned of the school’s Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy, which forbade teachers from mentioning homosexuality in class. She thought the policy had the effect of isolating LGBT students and leaving them to doubt their self-worth; it left teachers confused and ill-equipped to defend bullied gay students, she said. After she finished, Board Chair Tom Heidemann thanked her, and then dismissed the connection she had drawn.

“Just so you know, there are two distinct policies. One’s a curriculum policy, the other’s a bullying policy,” the chairman said. No student in the Anoka-Hennepin district should be harassed for any reason, he added. He argued that teachers should be expected to take immediate disciplinary action if they witness bullying.

Congrats to all the winners. The next category is sports writing, due Feb. 5, so get those stories prepared to keep IU at the top.


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