Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek

Results of the 2019 Groton Greek Contest

On May 1, 2019, the Department of Classics held its 18th annual competition for the Groton Endowed Academic Award in Greek. Winners were announced on May 11 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 Alexander A. Cavender, a senior from Sevierville, Tennessee, majoring in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion. Last year he came in second in this competition. As a Delta Chi member, he helped run the Eta Sigma Phi convention at St. Olaf this spring; he won third prize in the 2019 national Maureen Dallas Watkins Koine Greek Translation Contest. He plays taiko drum and has taken both Classics interims abroad. He will attend graduate school in theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Second prize ($200) went to Devin P. Ames, a senior from Huntington, West Virginia, majoring in Classics and Religion. Currently chrysophylax of Delta Chi, senior consul of the Society for Ancient History, instructor of the Greek Lab, and a taiko drummer, he played a prophetic chef in Plautus’ Curculio and a rustic youth, Gorgias, in Menander’s Dyskolos. He attended the Eta Sigma Phi convention in Carlisle in 2018, helped run the convention at St. Olaf this spring, and has taken both Classics interims abroad. He will be graduating with distinction in Classics. In the fall he will begin graduate school at Luther Seminary, intending to become a pastor.

Third prize ($100) went to Emma C. dePaulo Reid, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in Classics and English. A Delta Chi member and Greek tutor, she helped run the Eta Sigma Phi convention at St. Olaf this spring and is planning on a career as a writer.

This year the Greek translation passage came from Xenophon’s Anabasis.

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


Results of the Groton Greek Contest, 2002-2018


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 K. Walker ’18, Classics major 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


May 12, 2018:

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

2nd prize: Alexander A. Cavender ’19, Classics, Philosophy, and Religion major, from Sevierville, TN

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

Honorable mention: Devin P. Ames ’19, Classics and Religion major, from Huntington, WV