Contest Winners Announced! (June 2016)

4Humanities is proud to announce the prize winners of its “Shout Out for the Humanities” student prize contest. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! Thanks also to all the other students and teams who made submissions, which the contest judges found inspiring, creative, eloquent, and moving. Over the coming weeks and months, 4Humanities will showcase and publicize the submissions not just of the winners and honorable mentions but also selected other submissions. (See press release.)

Go to: Undergraduate winners | Graduate-student winners
(undergraduates and graduates were evaluated separately)

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Undergraduate Winners & Honorable Mentions

1st Prize Winner: Undergraduate Team of The Gail Project

B.A. students in History, Anthropology, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Art, Linguistics, Politics, and East Asian Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Lead author of submission: Stella Fronius (Twitter name: @SFcat94)
  • Other team members: Nick Bass, Beau Dibble, Sarah “Ella” Goldberg, Jack Goldman, Jessie Haupt, Anu Korada, Alexyss McClellan, Sam McRobert, Robert Potmesil, Jaime Quiros, Allison Sharp, Tyler Spencer, Matt Ray, Shanley Sullivan, Jackson Zeman

Contest Submission: “Do You Have a Passport?” (essay/memoir on project by Stella Fronius)

Gail Project:

2nd Prize Winner: CharLynne Cather

B. A. student in English, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Contest Submission: “A Letter to Future Generations” (“letter” addressed to future readers)

3rd Prize Winner: Sarah Boyko

B. A. student in English, University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL, United States)

Twitter name: @theboykonator

Contest submission: “Spoons for Our Soup” (essay)

Honorable Mention: Amy Bareham

B. A. student double majoring in English and Arts Leadership and Administration, Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina, United States)

Twitter name: @AmyBareham

Contest Submission: “Your Story and You: A Defense of Storytelling and Humanity” (essay)

Honorable Mention: Amelia Poole

B. A. student in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, Colgate University (Hamilton, New York, United States)

Web site:

Contest submission: “Why I Study the Humanities, and Why Finding a Job Doesn’t Scare Me” (essay)

Graduate Winners & Honorable Mentions

1st Prize Winner: André Lynch

M. Ed. student in Educational Leadership, St. Lawrence University (New York, United States)

Contest Submission: “Facts of Humanities” (video, music, and lyrics)

2nd Prize Winner: Floris Solleveld

Ph. D. student in History, Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

Web Site:

Blogs: (in Dutch and English); (in Dutch)

Contest Submission: “Was There Ever Not a Crisis in the Humanities?” (essay)

3rd Prize Winner: Jesper Skytte Sodemann

M. A. student in Comparative Literature, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Contest Submission: “Verbalized Humanities: Should I stay or Should I Go?” (essay)

Honorable Mention: Whitney Laycock

M. A. student in English, Weber State University (Ogden, Utah, United States)

Web site:

Twitter name: @wwlaycock

Contest Submission: “Chile the Country, Not the Food” (essay)