Loras Students Claim DES Writing Honors for 27th Straight Year

Loras College students continued their long history of success in the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) national writing competition this year, earning first, second and honorable mention finishes. For the past 27 years, at least one Loras student has received first, second, or honorable mention in at least one category.

Alex Kruse (’19), won first place in the critical analysis category with “Resurrecting Value: Preserving Residual Culture Within Paula Meehan’s Poetry.” Madison Tolley (’19), tied for second place in Poetry for her poem “On the Pier in Boca Raton”.

“I continue to be proud of Loras student writers,” said Kevin Koch, professor of English and Faculty Editor of “The Limestone Review,” the Loras publication in which these works first appeared. “This year’s victorious students join a long tradition of excellent Loras authors, evidence of the care and attention given to both creative and analytical thought at the College.”

Kruse and Tolley claimed honors among entries from such institutions as Regis College, St. Leo University, Cardinal Stritch University, Thomas More University, King’s College, University of St. Thomas, and more.

Students submit work each year to Loras College’s undergraduate writing publication, “The Limestone Review.” Faculty and student readers choose the best work in each category for the Alpha Award. Those winners then go on to compete in the DES writing competition.

Delta Epsilon Sigma was founded in 1938 at Loras College by The Rev. E.A. Fitzgerald as a Catholic honor society. As a result, the college became the first DES chapter in the nation.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).