Trio Continues Loras’ DES Writing Success

Laura Iunghuhn (’20), Molly MacDuff (’20) and Caroline Breitbach (’20) became the latest Loras College students to earn accolades for their writing in the 2020-21 Delta Epsilon Sigma National Undergraduate Writing Competition. This is the 28th-consecutive year that at least one Loras student has received first, second or honorable mention in at least one category.

Laura Iunghuhn (’20)

“The award-winning writing by Laura, Molly, and Caroline in both creative and analytical genres is indicative of the stellar quality of Loras English majors over the years,” Kevin Koch, professor of English, said. “It is both astounding in one sense and not surprising in another that our English majors have had a 28-year record of winning writing awards at the national level. We have been blessed to work with such fine students.”

Iunghuhn earned a first-place honor in Creative Fiction for her piece, “County Sligo.” She also netted the top award for her Scholarly Essay “Graham Greene: Extending the Scholarly Essay Path to Redemption Through an Anticipation of Vatican II Faith in The Power and the Glory.

MacDuff’s poem, “Juliet,” claimed second place in the Poetry category. Breitbach gained an honorable mention in the Fiction category with “A Real Boy.”

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. You can read the entire 2020 issue of The Limestone Review here.

left: Caroline Breitbach (’20); right: Molly MacDuff (’20)

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 2020, Loras was ranked 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 fourth 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 12th 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).