Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek

Results of the 2017 Groton Greek Contest

On April 24-25, 2017, the Department of Classics held its 16th annual competition for the Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek. Winners were announced on May 14 at the spring picnic for Delta Chi, St. Olaf’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society

First prize ($300) went to Herman Hannan, a junior Classics major from Homer, Alaska, majoring in Classics. He is currently serving as the Classics Department’s back-up Greek Lab Instructor and will be the regular Greek Lab Instructor next year. In March he attended the national convention of Eta Sigma Phi in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Second prize ($200) went to Joseph A. C. Burkhart, a senior from Bloomington, Indiana, majoring in Classics and Chemistry; he won a prize in the Loomis Latin competition last year. He will graduate with distinction in Classics (ΦΒΚ). In 2015, supported by a Groomis Award and the 2014-15 Excavation and Field School Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, he attended St. Olaf’s Mediterranean Archaeology Field School in Gazipasa, Turkey. This year he is serving as Greek Lab Instructor and as the prytanis of Delta Chi; in March he attended the national convention of Eta Sigma Phi in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has performed in two St. Olaf Latin plays, Plautus’ Miles Gloriosus and Curculio.

Third prize ($100) went to Jacob O. Smith, a senior from Happy Valley, Oregon, majoring in Greek with a China Studies concentration. He has won a prize in this competition three years in a row. A member of Delta Chi and former hyparchos of the chapter, he served as the back-up Greek Lab Instructor last year and has done individual tutoring in Greek as well. In 2014 he participated in St. Olaf’s Mediterranean Archaeology Field School in Gazipasa, Turkey; he spent last fall in China.

This year the Greek translation passage came from Plato’s Gorgias.

The Academic Award in Greek was endowed by Anne H. Groton, Professor of Classics at St. Olaf College.


Results of the Groton Greek Contest, 2002-2016

April 26, 2002:

1st prize: Marquis S. Berrey ’03, Classics major, from Galesburg, IL

2nd prize: Joseph D. Amos ’03, Classics and history major, from Menard, TX

3rd prize: Hilary J. C. Lehmann ’04, Classics and English major with Women’s Studies concentration, from Mission Hill, SD


April 28, 2003:

1st prize: Hilary J. C. Lehmann ’04, Classics and English major with Women’s Studies concentration, from Mission Hill, SD

2nd prize: Marquis S. Berrey ’03, Classics major, from Galesburg, IL

3rd prize: Julia L. Kelto ’04, Greek, Ancient Studies, and Music major, from Williamsburg, MI

Honorable Mention: Sarah L. Beaver ’03, Classics and Spanish major, from Poway, CA


May 5, 2004:

1st prize: Julia L. Kelto ’04, Greek, Ancient Studies, and Music major, from Williamsburg, MI

2nd prize:  Jason G. Zencka ’06, Classics and Philosophy major, from St. John, IN

3rd prize: Kathleen E. Ess ’05, Classics and Philosophy major with a Linguistic Studies concentration, from Springfield, MO


April 25, 2005:

1st prize: Kathleen E. Ess ’05, Classics major with Linguistic Studies concentration, from Springfield, MO

2nd prize: Christopher A. Schifani ’05, Classics major, from Albuquerque, NM

3rd prize: Mark N. Royer ’05, Classics and Philosophy major, from Kansas City, MO


May 16, 2006:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Alaina K. Burkard ’08, Portland, OR, Classics and Biology major, from Portland, OR

3rd prize: Elizabeth A. Beerman ’07, Classics major, from Clive, IA


May 12, 2007:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Michael W. Gulden ’08, Classics and History major, from Apple Valley, MN

3rd prize: Michael C. Dow ’08, Classics and French major with a Linguistic Studies concentration, from Leawood, KS


May 12, 2008:

1st prize: Michael W. Gulden ’08, Classics and History major, from Apple Valley, MN

2nd prize: Hilary J. Bouxsein ’09, Classics and Philosophy major, from Evanston, IL

3rd prize: Kevin J. Moore ’08, Classics major, from San Bruno, CA


May 4, 2009:

1st prize: Hilary J. Bouxsein ’09, Classics and Philosophy major, from Evanston, IL

2nd prize: Peter T. Moench ’09, Classics and English major, from Eagan, MN

3rd prize: David T. Estle ’10, Classics major, from Tybee Island, GA


May 10, 2010:

1st prize: Matthew D. Friedrichsen ’11, Greek and Mathematics major from Overland Park, KS

2nd prize: Jennifer N. Easler ’10, Classics, English, and Medieval Studies major from Fredricksburg, VA

3rd prize: David T. Estle ’10, Classics major from Tybee Island, GA

4th prize: Kathryn M. Weaver ’11, Greek and Studio Art major from Overland Park, KS


May 9, 2011:

1st prize: Jennifer A. Stanull ’11, Classics major, from Eagan, MN

2nd prize: Matthew D. Friedrichsen ’11, Greek and Mathematics major, from Overland Park, KS

3rd prize: Martin P. Shedd ’11, Classics and Music major, from Ashburnham, MA


May 7, 2012:

1st prize: Collin J. Moat ’13, Classics and History major, from Winfield, IL

2nd prize:Kristofer D. Coffman ’13, Religion major with Nordic Studies concentration, from Glendale, CA

3rd prize: Adam D. Berndt ’13, Classics and Psychology major, from Fargo, ND


May 6, 2013:

1st prize: Collin J. Moat ’13, Classics and History major, from Winfield, IL

2nd prize:  Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Evanston, IL

3rd prize: Kristofer D. Coffman ’13, Religion major with Nordic Studies concentration, from Glendale, CA


May 5, 2014:

1st prize: Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Cheyenne, WY (originally Evanston, IL)

2nd prize:  Chance E. Bonar ’15, Classics, Ancient Studies, and Religion major, from Farmington, MN

3rd prize:  Rebecca A. Frank ’14, Classics and Ancient Studies major,  from Seattle, WA


May 11, 2015:

1st prize: Chance E. Bonar ’15, Classics, Ancient Studies, and Religion major, from Farmington, MN

2nd prize: Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Cheyenne, WY (originally Evanston, IL)

3rd prize:  Jacob O. Smith ’17, Greek and History major with China Studies concentration, from Happy Valley, OR


May 14, 2016:

1st prize:  Leif D. McLellan ’16, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Shoreview, MN

2nd prize:  Jacob O. Smith ’17, Greek major with China Studies concentration, from Happy Valley, OR

3rd prize:  Audrey M. (Dylan) Walker ’18, Classics with concentrations in Film Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, from Mountain Grove, MO