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.