UH Hilo English department announces 2015 Droste Award recipients

Students were honored for their work in composition, fiction, short story writing, poetry and research.

Howard and Yoneko Droste. She wears a lei, he wears a suit and tie. Background is a park.
Benefactors Howard and Yoneko Droste. Courtesy photo.

The English department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has presented five students with the Spring 2015 Howard and Yoneko Droste Awards for outstanding writing. One recipient is an intern in the Office of the Chancellor and writes for this publication UH Hilo Stories.

Freshman DaHai Lee‘s paper, “Freshman 15,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Freshman Composition Paper.

Junior Gloria Simpson received the award for Outstanding 200-Level English Paper for “Aliens and Others.”

Senior Kara Nelson‘s short story, “Far from the Madding Major,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Fiction. (Nelson writes for UH Hilo Stories.)

Senior Trevor Perry won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Poetry.

Senior Wilfred T. Gee received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for his research paper, “‘And Much of Madness…’ Examining Initial Narrator Impressions in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.'”

In addition, two English majors, Terri Pinyerd and Asia Howe, received $250 book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

The awards are made possible by a bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

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