Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek

Results of the 2018 Groton Greek Contest

On April 30, 2018, the Department of Classics held its 17th annual competition for the Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek. Winners were announced on May 12 at the spring picnic for Delta Chi, St. Olaf’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society.

First prize ($300) went, for the second year in a row, to Herman S. Hannan, a senior Classics major from Homer, Alaska. This year he is serving as the primary instructor for the evening Greek Lab. After taking Classical Studies in Italy this past January, he took to the stage as the singing lover, Sostratos, in Menander’s Dyskolos. Last year he attended the Eta Sigma Phi (Classics honor society) convention in Ann Arbor, MI. Next fall he will begin graduate school in Classics at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Second prize ($200) went to Alexander A. Cavender, a junior from Sevierville, Tennessee, triple majoring in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, with a concentration in Linguistic Studies. A member of Blue Key Honor Society, he took Classical Studies in Italy this past January.

Third prize ($100) went to Dylan Walker, a senior Classics major from Mountain Grove, Missouri, who has concentrations in Film Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He won third prize in this same competition two years ago. Former grammateus and current prytanis of Delta Chi chapter, he is the 2018 winner of the Alec Award for service. He took Classical Studies in Italy in January, 2016, attended the Eta Sigma Phi convention in Carlisle, PA this spring, and played Daos, the snarky slave, in Menander’s Dyskolos.

Honorable mention ($50) went to Devin P. Ames, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia, double majoring in Classics and Religion. Currently chrysophylax of Delta Chi, consul of the Society for Ancient History, and back-up instructor for the Greek Lab, he played a prophetic chef in Plautus’ Curculio (2016) and a rustic youth, Gorgias, in Menander’s Dyskolos (2018). A member of Blue Key Honor Society, he took Classical Studies in Italy this past January and attended the Eta Sigma Phi convention in Carlisle, PA in March.

This year the Greek translation passage came from Gorgias’ Helen (late 5th century BCE).

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

Results of the Groton Greek Contest, 2002-2017

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


May 14, 2017:

1st prize:  Herman S. Hannan ’18, Classics major, from Homer, AK

2nd prize:  Joseph A. C. Burkhart ’17, Classics and Chemistry major, from Bloomington, IN

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