November 29, 1999 Geneva, NY – The French and Francophone studies program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is pleased to announce the winners of its French Poetry Contest. At a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 18, in Smith Hall, prizes were given to the poets of the top nine poems. In addition, all contestants who submitted work were given an award to encourage them to continue their efforts in learning and improving their skills in French.
Receiving first prize was Amanda Kerwin, a William Smith junior, of Essex Falls, N.J., for her poem “Amitié.” The other eight winners include (listed alphabetically):
• Gregory Freeman, a Hobart first-year student, of New York, N.Y., for “En pleine Mer”;
• Jason Groah, a Hobart first-year, of New Hartford, N.Y., for “En réfléhissant…”;
• Javi Hairston, a William Smith sophomore, of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., for “Petit frére”;
• Librina Pierre, a William Smith senior, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for “La vendeuse d'herbes odorantes”;
• Hannah Scaife, a William Smith sophomore, of Northampton, Mass., for “Sans titre”;
• Danielle Susalla, a William Smith senior, of San Diego, Calif., for “Les feuilles au vent”;
• and Tristan Tanner, a William Smith sophomore, of Falmouth, Me., for “La jeune fille regarde a mer.”
The French and Francophone studies program also congratulates Stacy Hunt from Marcus Whitman High School in Rushville, New York, who sent a very promising poem titled “Adieu.” Stacy will receive an official letter from the program.
Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share a distinctive and historic coordinate relationship. The two private, liberal arts institutions share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions, and award separate degrees. Located in Geneva, N.Y., the Colleges have a combined enrollment of 1,800.