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Literary Prize Adds a Pleasing Epilogue to College Career

Literary Prize Adds a Pleasing Epilogue to College Career

The elation of winning one of the nation's largest literary prizes for undergraduate students perhaps can be summed up best by the winner, Emma Sovich, 22, who described the moment in a breathless post-award interview.

The Washington Post

May 19, 2008 

 

The elation of winning one of the nation's largest literary prizes for undergraduate students perhaps can be summed up best by the winner, Emma Sovich, 22, who described the moment in a breathless post-award interview.

 

"It was amazing. I was sitting in the front row on the aisle, and my friends were all around me," she said. "It was raining on and off, but there was sunshine when we received our diplomas. I knew it was coming, and I was thinking, 'I hope it's someone I know.'

 

"I was running through names -- it'll be Lindsay, it'll be Riley -- and then I heard my name, and I didn't believe it. I sat there for a few seconds, and someone was telling me to go up there. I tried to remember to smile for the camera."

 

Sovich did indeed remember to smile as she accepted the Sophie Kerr Prize, worth $67,481, at Washington College's 225th commencement yesterday in Chestertown, Md.

 

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