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Congratulations to...

...Gavriella Levy Haskell, 2012 winner of the Emogene Mahony Memorial Prize for the best essay on a literary subject written by a first-year student! It was one of 16 prizes awarded by the English department at Smith's Ivy Day Awards Convocation.

Gavi's paper was on Peter Mark Roget, of Roget's Thesaurus. I enjoyed her enthusiasm when she told me about the paper back in April, a few days after she finished it. I look forward to reading it soon.

Emogene Mahony received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith in 1900. Thanks to Google, I found various past winners of the award, including a 1957 newspaper article mentioning that year's winner. The only other things I've learned about Emogene is that she was an Associate on staff at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome in 1907-1908, was listed in the Woman's Who's Who in 1914, and that her name also graces a Smith Music Prize for proficiency at the organ. Oh, and she lived in Scarborough on Hudson, NY, in 1916-1917. (I love living in the future.) A directory from the American School of Classical Studies that dates from the mid-1930s or later states Emogene died January 15, 1925. :-(

I love learning even these small tidbits about a woman I'd never heard of before today. Smith awarded more than 100 prizes today, most of them named for (and presumably funded by the gifts of) Smith alumnae.

'Twas a good day.

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elisem
May. 20th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh, well done Gavi, and how cool that you were there to see it and celebrate.
gerisullivan
May. 21st, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Gavi sends thanks for your comment. Yes, it was wonderful to witness her achievement and share the surprises and joy of the day.
apostle_of_eris
May. 21st, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
So where's a link to the piece?
gerisullivan
May. 21st, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry, it's not online. Not yet, at least.

Google shows me that the English department has the winning essay from three years ago posted, so it's possible it might show up there in the fullness of time or Gavi might decide to post it somewhere herself. She read it to me over the weekend. I think it's the sort of piece that anyone interested in language would like to read. Knowing the writer added to my enjoyment, but the basis of my fascination was both the information about Peter Mark Roget's life and Gavi's observations and insights about his life and work.
lakeboy_55
May. 27th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Gavi, but I'm not surprised.
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