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Southeastern senior places second in Norton Anthology competition

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens finished second in the 2014 Norton Anthology oral interpretation competition.

Pickens is a senior from Durant and a member of Skip Robinson’s unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English.

College and high school students worldwide were invited to submit an original anthologies for almost a hundred years, offered four categories.

Pickens said, “I would like to thank all the people who have encouraged me in this endeavor, especially the professors at Southeastern. Although some of my votes came from around the world, the majority of them came from the campus community and the community of Durant, Oklahoma.

“It was a privilege to represent my university and my community in this world-wide competition.”

Pickens selected Sonnett 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division.

The contest is open to a world-wide popular vote with the Norton editors determining the winner.

To finish second in international competition means the Norton editors and voters from around the world were highly impressed. Just being a finalist is quite an honor.

Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.

Robinson said, “The fact that Sally was the second-place winner against international competition speaks to the talent and dedication of our students at Southeastern. She accepted the challenge to work on this project outside of her classroom schedule and represented our entire faculty and staff beautifully.

“The hundreds of votes by the Southeastern family verified our pride in her unique accomplishment.”

The contest received entries from such locations as Grayson College (Denison, Texas) to Northwestern University (Chicago), St. Stephens (North Carolina), Bradley University (Illinois), University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan), to the University of  Alaska (Anchorage).

Southeastern senior named finalist in Norton Anthology poetry contest

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens and Tucker Brown, who entered the 2013 Norton Anthology poetry contest with “How Do I Love Thee?”

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens and Tucker Brown, who entered the 2013 Norton Anthology poetry contest with “How Do I Love Thee?”

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University senior Sally Pickens has been named one of four finalists in the 2013 Norton Anthology international poetry-reading contest.

Pickens is a graduate of Durant High School, a member of the Southeastern Chorale and a student of Skip Robinson’s  unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English. Her plans include traveling and possibly teaching.

Norton has been the gold standard for literary anthologies for almost a hundred years, containing the greatest literature of the world, along with introductions by the leading scholars of our time.

College and high school students were invited to submit an original video recitation of selected works. The works selected by the Norton editors were Sonnet 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Sonnet 130 (“My Mistress’ Eyes’’) by William Shakespeare; “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson; and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson.

Electronic technology has made it possible for entries to come from all over the world.

Pickens is a finalist in Sonnet 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division. The poem is often considered the most romantic in literature. Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.

The editors at Norton Publishers will determine the eventual winner. The contest, however, has been opened to a popular vote world-wide that will have some bearing on the decision of the judges.

Southeastern student Allen Fritts won the 2012 contest with his recitation of the poem, “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.

To vote for Pickens, click on http://books.wwnorton.com/books/student-recitatation-contest-2013. Click on Sonnet 43. Pickens is the first to recite.

Voters can help Southeastern repeat as international winner in this prestigious Norton Anthology competition.

Southeastern’s Allen Fritts takes top prize in Norton Anthology poetry reading contest

Allen Fritts

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University junior Allen Fritts has earned first place honors in the Norton Anthology Publishing Group’s world-wide oral interpretation (poetry reading) contest.

In the competition, Fritts was one of three finalists with his recitation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” The other finalists were from Elmira (NY) College and Western Michigan University.

 

The contest was opened to a world-wide on-line vote with the Norton Group making the final decision.

Fritts is a junior pre-med major from Mililani, Hawaii, Oahu High School. He was selected Outstanding Freshman and Top General Chemistry student in 2010 and awarded the Kaiser Scholarship Award in 2011.

“This is a great honor for Allen and the entire University,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “This type of recognition reflects the quality of work produced by our students, faculty, and staff. Everyone who contributed deserves our congratulations on a job well done.’’

A student in Skip Robinson’s Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development, Fritts volunteered to enter the contest outside of his class schedule.

“As much hard work as I put into this, there are five other groups of people who deserve recognition for this great honor,’’ Fritts said. “First are all the people who supported me verbally and through voting.  Second are my wonderful collegiate level speech teachers, professor Robinson and Dr. (Lacinda) Brese-LeBron, who greatly improved my confidence and ability when speaking in public.  Third is Dr. (Meg) Cotter-Lynch for suggesting this contest.  Fourth is my mother, who taught me everything during my entire pre-collegiate learning career and encouraged me throughout this whole process.  Finally, and this is perhaps the most important of all, recognition and all praise go to Christ, who made me with an ability to speak.  Without Him, I am nothing.”

“Allen Fritts is a talented, hard-working young man who deserves such a high honor,’’ Robinson said. “He accepted this challenge in addition to a demanding pre-med academic schedule. Allen’s performance proves that our Southeastern students can compete successfully in any venue, even the world-wide stage.  The University administration, faculty, staff and students share in his accomplishment through mentoring, filming and transmission of video (Wayne Williamson and Dina Roman), and voting.   In a sense, it is a victory and recognition for the entire Southeastern family.’’
College and high school students were invited to submit an original video recitation between September 15 and November 1. Eligible submissions were judged by W. W. Norton in-house editors, who selected finalists for each of the works.