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Stanford Report, June 4, 2003

Twelve students win Boothe Prizes for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Twelve students have earned Boothe Prizes for Excellence in First-Year Writing, an award that recognizes "exceptional" work by freshmen in the Introduction to the Humanities Program (IHUM) and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR).

First-place winners received a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare and $350; runners-up received the volume and $150.

The prizes are made possible through the generosity of the late D. Power Boothe, '31; his widow, Catie Boothe; and their son, Barry Boothe, '62.

Students were nominated by teachers of IHUM and PWR courses. Selection committees then judged the papers on criteria appropriate to the particular assignment and general writing goals. All winning essays were published in Boothe Prize Essays: Excellence in First-Year Writing at Stanford. To obtain a copy of the volume, e-mail Marvin Diogenes, associate director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, at Only a limited number of copies are available, but the essays also will be posted on the program's website (, Diogenes said. "We're working on uploading the complete text and hope to have it available in a few weeks," he said.

Following is a list of this year's winners, their essay titles and instructors (in parentheses):

Spring Quarter 2002

  • Heather Mackintosh Sims, winner: "Reflections of an Empire: The British Celts as Indicators of Roman Self-Perception" (Mark Graham)
  • Eric Yieh, winner: "Back to the Future: Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Contextualized" (John Tinker)
  • Jason Glick, honorable mention: "Trading Land for Cultural Power: Anzaldua's and Cardenal's Re/constructions of Mestiza Identity" (Carolyn Duffey)
  • Mari Hayman, honorable mention: "Adoption Issues in Latin America: Behind the Silence and the Secrets" (Carolyn Ross)
  • Jennifer Kong, honorable mention: "Fulfilling Stanford's Commitment to Diversity: Eliminating Gender Bias and Increasing the Number of Tenured Women Faculty" (Wendy Goldberg)

Autumn Quarter 2002

  • Prabhu Balasubramanian, winner: "Pharmaceutical Patents: Life Savers or Profit Makers?" (Sohui Lee)
  • André de Alencar Lyon, winner: "Traversing the Gap Between Reality and the Individual in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse" (Emma Blake)
  • André de Alencar Lyon, honorable mention: "The Question of Textual Ideology in Changing Lanes" (Jonah Willihnganz)
  • Liang Dong, honorable mention: "State and Empire: (De)construction of the National Identity" (Fred Hoerner)

Winter Quarter 2003

  • Eric Adamson, winner: "Malleability, Misrepresentation, Manipulation: The Rhetoric of Images in Economic Forecasting" (Alyssa O'Brien)
  • Luke Lindley, winner: "A Heap of Broken Images: Conflicting Narratives of Nature in Milton's 'Lycidas'" (Alice Staveley)
  • Brian Caliando, honorable mention: "Don't Spazz: It's Not Rational and It's Not Normal" (Blain Neufeld)
  • David Craig, honorable mention: "Instant Messaging: The Language of Youth Literacy" (Erik Turkman)