UMO Students Present at International Convention

UMO Students Present at International Convention

MOUNT OLIVE-University of Mount Olive students Jenny Hall of Mount Olive and Jessica Kennedy of Youngsville recently presented short stories at the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Albuquerque, NM.

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society that promotes cultural stimulation on the University campus, and fosters the discipline of English in all aspects. The international society was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing, and a convention is held yearly for members to share and collaborate in a professional setting.

Hall is a senior English education major and the president of the UMO Sigma Tau Delta club. She was inducted into the club during her junior year, and it has been her mission to expand and promote the club on campus.

“As president, I hold the club to high standards. My personal mission has been to get the club more active and bring the club together as a family,” said Hall. “With such goals in mind, I encouraged club members to submit for the convention last semester, and Jessica and I were lucky enough to be accepted!”

Kennedy is a junior English education major and was inducted into the club during her sophomore year.

“I was welcomed into the club with open arms, and through the past year and a half, the club has offered me so many wonderful and exciting opportunities.”

Both students submitted works for the short story category. Hall’s story was “The Perfection of Him,” and Kennedy’s story was “The Frog.”

The experience gave both students an opportunity to gain insight on student leadership and to witness various creative and stylistic presentations. When reflecting on her experience, Hall said, “This is a huge accomplishment and I could not be more proud. I feel great knowing that our work was worthy enough to be selected for presentation at an international convention.”

Kennedy added, “I learned a lot of information about getting published, being a teacher, and being a leader for clubs through the convention. It was also interesting to learn about the culture of Albuquerque and the people of the region.”

Both students hope to apply their love for English into their future work as high school English teachers. With an international convention presentation on their resumes, Hall and Kennedy will surely stand out against other future educators.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity,” said Hall with a smile. “We would like to thank Dr. Clere for everything she does as Sigma Tau Delta advisor, SGA for the assistance in getting us to Albuquerque, and the School of Arts and Sciences for their contributions. The University of Mount Olive made all of this possible.”

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