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Honorable Mention Essays

Essay Contest submissions are judged in two rounds. In the first round each essay is read and ranked independently and anonymously by three judges. Only a small fraction of those entries advance to the second round, in which each essay is read and ranked by every judge on the entire panel. The following essays did not win one of the top three  prizes in each division, but they were judged worthy of proceeding into the round of finalists. They are therefore accorded Honorable Mention.

2017 Honorable Mention Essays | Show Details Hide Details

High School Division


  • Corinne M. Ebner, Pennsylvania AP Homeschoolers Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Emma Onscreen: Satire, Suspense, and Sentiment."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Theodora G. Helgason, Millennium High School, New York, NY:  "Austen’s Own Words."
  • Andrew J. Joyner, Pennsylvania AP Homeschoolers Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "William Price: An Adaptation Necessity."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Emily Kam, Pennsylvania AP Homeschoolers Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Mansfield Park: Not Just A Love Story."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Jessica Lauer, Villa Duchesne High School, St. Louis, MO:  "Transcending Time."  Mentor: Elizabeth Yee.
  • Margaret Lu, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver, BC:  "The Beauty of Gossip in Pride and Prejudice and Emma."
  • Olivia R. Umstead, Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, CA:  "Persuading Modern Readers."
  • Rebeka N. Waite, Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, Mansfield, TX:  "Universal Truths and Witty Banter: Dialogue in Austen’s Works." Mentor: Erica Parsons.
  • Jenna K. Watson, Heritage Christian Academy, Goleta, CA:  "The Delicacy of Dialogue: A Study of Austen’s Narrative Powers in Persuasion."
  • Lee Younghoon, Seoul Charter International, Seoul, South Korea:  "Re-imagining Persuasion."
  • Allison G. Yuan, Pennsylvania AP Homeschoolers Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Revealing Hidden Thoughts and Growth: Remaining True to Emma."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.


College/University Division 


  • Luke A. Day, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL:  "The Indispensable Mr. Shepherd: Adapting Jane Austen’s Persuasion."  Mentor: Kathleen Anderson.
  • Rebekah D. Fisher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI:  "Little Things are What Count the Most: Forms of Personal Address in Pride and Prejudice."
  • Bridget K. Lawler, Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts, Merrimack, NH:  "Conversation, Morality, and Romanticism in Sense and Sensibility."  Mentor: Sara Kitzinger.
  • Samantha G. Owen, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL:  "Uncertain Relationships in Persuasion."
  • Laura K. Verret, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ:  "Marriage and Romance as Social Behavior in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice."
     

Graduate School Division


  • Ciara Smith, Auburn University, Auburn, GA:  "'It is only a novel!': Difficulties of Adapting Northanger Abbey."  Mentor: Emily Friedman.

 

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High School Division


  • Noelle L. Chow, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "A Gradual Education: an Exploration of the Many Teachers in Emma."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Madeleine I. Davis, Davis Homeschool, New Braunfels, TX:  "Education, Class, and the Transcending Quality of True Wisdom in Emma."  Mentor: Shelley Davis.
  • Madison DeBruin, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "Finding Oneself: Self-Actualization as Education in Emma."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Richa Gupta, The International School, Bangalore, Kamataka, India:  "Universality of Moral Edification in Jane Austen’s Emma."
  • Ollyvia Lim, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "Emma: Redefined Educational Values."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Samuel O. Rausch, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "Emma: Education’s Marriage with Matrimony and Society."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Geoffrey A. Robinson, Montdale Homeschool, Moraga, CA:  "Education and Salvation in Emma."  Mentor: Magdalene Baert.
  • Palanki Rupa, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "Education in Emma: A Game of 'Mother May I?'"  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Alice Tsai, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore:  "The Ornamental Effect of Education on Girls in Emma."  Mentor: Serene Yeo.
  • Alexander Zlokapa, AP Homeschoolers Online Courses, Kittanning, PA:  "Socially Bound: Women’s Education in Emma."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.


College/University Division


  • Pauline C. Harris, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "The Paradox of the Educated Woman in Jane Austen’s Emma."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Lydia C. Pierson, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "Perfect Happiness: Empathy and Emma’s Educational Development."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Kara Need, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "Mentoring into Marriage in Jane Austen’s Emma."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Samantha Starkey, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "Touching the Sublime: Emma’s Education of Ethics and Aesthetics."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Prashansa Taneja, Bennington College, Bennington, VT:  "'No One But Herself:' Unlearning 'Familiarity' with Mr. Knightley in Emma."  Mentor: Dr. Brooke Allen.
  • Tom Zille, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany:  "'As far as she could judge':  Emma Woodhouse’s Moral Education and the Concept of Doubt."


Graduate School Division


  • Rebecca Watson, King’s College, London, UK:  "'Faultless in Spite of Her Faults': Class Distinction and Education in Emma."  Mentor: Sheila Enright

 

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High School Division


  • Madsion J. Bauer, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Island, SC:  "Splashed in the Wake of the Regency Period: Social Frustrations Presented through the Characters of Persuasion."
  • Rebecca G. Brewbaker (Tuscaloosa, AL), Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Mansfield Park: the Power of Pressure."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Megan C. Crutcher (Lancaster, PA), Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Coming of Age in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • Matthew E. Dwelle, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT:  "Knight and Day: The Chivalric Code in Austen’s Emma."  Mentor: Jenny Ingram.
  • Franciska Hauer, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, MN:  "Elitism and Liberality: The Cultures of Persuasion."  Mentor: Abhijit Rao.
  • Ayano Kitano (Vienna, Austria), Emma Willard School, Troy, NY:  "Redefining Values: The Meaning of Novelty and Superiority in an Ideal Companion."  Mentor: Kathleen McNamara.
  • Ho Jeong Kwon (Seoul, South Korea), St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH:  "The Effects of Inheritance Laws on Characters in Pride and Prejudice."
  • Michelle E. Larsen, Sumner High School, Sumner, WA: "Internal vs. External Influences: An Analysis of the Character Foils in Persuasion."  Mentor: Jon Nelson.
  • Angela Pham (Perris, CA), Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online Classes, Kittanning, PA:  "Developing Dignity in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Maya Inspektor.
  • AnnaClaire Schmiedel, Tall Oaks Classical School, New Castle, DE:  "Friend, Father, Sister, Suitor: Finding Companionship in Persuasion’s Characters."  Mentor: Stephen Rippon
  • Hurlink Vongsachang, San Marcos High School, San Marcos, CA:  "The Inhibition of Expression."  Mentor: Heather Marlaire.


College/University Division


  • Monica G. Burke, Christendom College, Front Royal, VA:  "'Give a Girl an Education': The Societal Effects of Education in Mansfield Park."
  • Noah C. Chauvin, SUNY Genesco, Genesco, NY:  "Companionate and submissive relationships with military officers in Jane Austen’s novels."  Mentor: Celia Easton.
  • Stephanie Diehl,  Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA:  "'. . . it is not merely the name of an Arbour, which charms me': Private Spaces in Jane Austen’s Green World."  Mentor: Elizabeth Veisz.
  • Rachel Fobar (LaPalma, CA), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL:  "Between Independence and Reliance."
  • Zoe M. Ginsberg (Westport, CT), Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH:  "Interior and Interiority: A Study of Space in Jane Austen’s Persuasion."
  • John B. Hilman, Dalhouse University, Halifax, NS:  "'Not a man who would set the Thames on fire': Sir Walter Elliot and the Trials of the Landed Gentry in Post-War England."  Mentor: Shannon Bridger
  • Christopher Volk, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "Sense and Sensibility and Lady Susan: Austen’s Pragmatic Approach to The Ethics of Deception."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Katherine Waltar, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA:  "Gratitude and Esteem: Integration of Money and Love in Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Laura Bloxham.
  • Rebecca Wojsnis, CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, Flushing, NY:  "Embracing Gender: An Exploration of the Power of Femininity in Pride and Prejudice."
  • Tom Zille, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany:  "'Five Dull Hours in Another Man’s House': The Dinner Party and its Alternatives in Jane Austen’s Novels."


Graduate School Division


  • Lauren Howes (Lancaster, PA), University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA:  "Mansfield Park: A World of Consequence."
  • Annica Tehim, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ:  "The Madwoman in the Ballroom."  

 

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High School Division


  • Emily K. Murphy, Trinity High School, Manchester, NH:  "Muted Morals: Silence and Reflection in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Marie Salvas.
  • David G. Yaffe-Bellany, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ:  "'Quiet Auditor of the Whole': The Isolation of Mansfield Park’s Fanny Price."
  • Hannah MC Fish, Kodiak High School, Kodiak, AK:  "Overcoming Social and Moral Obligations."  Mentor: Benjamin Jackson.
  • Olivia B. Leslie, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH:  "Silence in Mansfield Park: Edmund’s Role in Silencing Fanny."  Mentor: Elizabeth Armstrong.
  • Kathryn H. Homoki, The Classical Academy: College Pathways, Colorado Springs, CO:  "Silent Shouts: Characters Revealed through Fanny’s Silence."
  • Elsie Platzer, Stanton College Preparatory School, Jacksonville, FL:  "Silence in Mansfield Park: A New Morality."  Mentor: Faith Dickens.
  • Sarah E. Talbott, South Forsyth High School, Cumming, GA:  "The Impact of Silence: Silence in Character Development and Plot in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Angela Satterfield.
  • Stephanie C. Hilker, Haslett High School, Haslett, MI:  "Fanny Price in Mansfield Park: From Silent Bondage to Confident Speech." Mentor: Kathryn Davis.
  • Rose N. Favino, Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA:  "Silence Speaks Volumes in Mansfield Park."


College/University Division


  • Tricia M. Light, Scripps College, Claremont, CA:  "Sabotaged by Silence: Jane Austen’s Differentiation Between Subtlety and Deception in Mansfield Park."
  • Elena N. Valeriote, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA:  "Emotion that can’t be 'clothed in words': The Sincerity of Silence in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Hilary Schor.
  • Tom Zille, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany:  "Protean Silence in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Verena Lobsien.
  • Clare B. Chiappetta, Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, LA:  "The Luxury of Silence: Silence vs. the Pursuit of Luxury in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Sharon Tohline.


Graduate School Division


  • Caitlin D. Turner, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS:  "'With silent indignation': Fanny’s Subversive Quiet in Mansfield Park."  Mentor: Susan Allen Ford.

 

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High School Division


  • Tatiana Morand, Académie Catholique Ange-Gabriel, Brockville, Ontario Canada:  "Flowers, Chocolate, and Clocks; the Role of Timing in Romance."  Mentor: Jacie Morand.
  • Meghan Grojean, Villa Duchesne, St. Louis, MO:  "Austen’s Letters: How Limitations of the Time Affected the Culture of Relationships." Mentor: Elizabeth Yee.
  • Laura E. Collins, Villa Duchesne, St. Louis, MO:  "Timing Is Everything: The Importance of Opportunity, Intention, and Fate."  Mentor: Parents.
  • Megan M. Pohl, Villa Duchesne, St. Louis, MO:  "Pride and Prejudice and Perceptions: a Study of the Jane Austen Female Motif."  Mentor: Kathy Pohl.
  • Unjoo M. Oh, Home School, Gimpo, Gyeonggido, South Korea:  "Time in Relation to Romance and Marriage - Pride and Prejudice." Mentor: Lilianna Meldrum Serbicki.
  • Sydney L. Bertino, Home School (Venture Academy), Tyler, TX:  "Time and Character Intertwined."  Mentor: Dana Bertino.
  • Madeline C. Smith, Smith Academy Homeschool, Columbia, SC:  "Time Will Tell: Lessons From Austen in Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Nicole Smith.
  • Julie M. Lew, Homeschool, Los Angeles, CA:  "Timetabling Happiness."  Mentor: Laura Lew.
  • Chloe R. Wiggins, Lower Moreland High School, Huntingdon Valley, PA:  "Time: Relationships and Reform in Pride and Prejudice."


College/University Division


  • Jessica M. Whitman, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL:  "Time as a Predictor of Maturation: Understanding the Evolution of Jane Austen’s Men in Pride and Prejudice."
  • Caitlyn D. Girardi, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL:  "Elizabeth: Creature of the Wild."  Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Anderson.
  • S. Olivia Anderson, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL:  "The Timing of Transforming Chastisement."
  • Lydia J. Saldanha, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI:  "A Change of Heart: The Effects of Time, Experience and Attitude on the Sentiments of Austen’s Characters."
  • Conny L. Fasshauer, Chapman University, Orange, CA:  "Charlotte’s Chance at Happiness: The Lasting Power of the Marriage of Convenience."  Mentor: Dr. Lynda Hall.
  • Marina M. Shugrue, Chapman University, Orange, CA:  "Timing in Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Dr. Lynda Hall.
  • Atalia L. Lopez, Chapman University, Orange, CA:  "Not So 'Timeless': The Seasonality of Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Dr. Lynda Hall.
  • Theresa B. Sauer, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY:  "Time and Timelessness: Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Dr. Amy Wolf.
  • Monica M. Krason, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH:  "'Let it be For Yourself Alone': Personal Choice as the Barometer for Timeliness in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice."
  • Mindy M. Sansoucie, Webster University, St. Louis, MO:  "Love Comes Second: The Gender-Lens on Time in Pride and Prejudice." Mentor: Sheila Hwang.
  • Mary E. Pinkes, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA:  "Truths Temporally Acknowledged: The Moral Timing of Pride and Prejudice."  Mentor: Constance Myers-Kelly.


Graduate School Division


  • Vicki M. Kohl: "Resisting the Pressure of Time in Pride and Prejudice."

 

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