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By Dr. Georgeann Ward, Lee College Honors Program Coordinator
Maria Gelves, an IMPACT ECHS student and Lee College Honors Program graduate, received the prestigious Dennis Boe Award for a paper she wrote for the Lee College honors course, The Human Condition.
IMPACT Early College High School senior and Lee College Honors Program graduate Maria Gelves has won the prestigious Dennis Boe Award for a paper she wrote for the Lee College honors course, The Human Condition, taught by Jerry Hamby and Dr. Georgeann Ward. A Marxist critique of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Gelves’ paper is titled “Manifesting a ‘Biological Destiny’: Handmaids as ‘Sacred’ Instruments of Production in Gilead’s Industrial Theocracy.”
The Boe Award is determined by the Great Plains Honors Council in a highly competitive, “blind” judging of outstanding scholarly writing from collegiate honors programs in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Because Maria completed her Associate’s Degree in December, she entered the Boe competition for students who had earned 60+ hours of college credit, making her competition quite advanced. It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of Maria’s achievement.
Human Condition instructor Jerry Hamby adds, “Maria is one of those students who demonstrate ever more sophisticated levels of intellectual curiosity, pushing themselves with every new assignment. She has a natural talent for writing, but, more importantly, she knows how to work for her success. Earning the Boe Award is the payoff.”
In addition to winning a cash award and a plaque, Maria will present her paper in a special session at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference at the University of Texas—Tyler, in April.
“Students learn so much from revising their work for competition and adapting their ideas for live audiences. Academic conferences and competitions like the Boe Award ‘raise the stakes’ for student work and help them achieve clarity and a strong sense of purpose with their ideas,” Dr. Ward explained.
Joining Gelves at the Great Plains Conference, several other Honors Program students will present papers that they wrote for the Human Condition: Marleah Downes, Dinah Lemonier, Amy Waltz-Reasonover, Ryan Lara, Noe Sanchez, and Lindsey Sanford. Like Gelves, Lara, Sanchez, and Sanford are all IMPACT ECHS students.
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