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Professors, students take top prizes

Two professors and two students at Dordt College were named contest winners in the 2004 Iowa Poetry Association competition and will be published in the Lyrical Iowa 2004 anthology.

Mike Vanden Bosch, emeritus professor of English, took the top prize, in the adult general category. There were 1100 entries in this division. Receiving the Special Award for First Time Entrant was Jerelyn Schelhaas, instructor of theatre arts.

In the college division, two Dordt College students claimed first and second place. Julie Perkins, a senior English and Language Arts major from DeMotte, Indiana, was first out of fifty-two entries, while Matt Bakker, a 2004 graduate in environmental studies from Manitoba, Canada, took second.

This year more than 2800 contest entries were submitted, with 309 selected to be included in the poetry associationís 59th anthology. The Iowa Poetry Association is a not-for-profit organization seeking to encourage and improve the quality of poetry written by Iowans.