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Six honored at Solar Eclipse Competitions Celebration

Apr. 19, 2017, 9:09 PM

Winners of the Solar Eclipse Competitions Celebration. (Vanderbilt University)

Winners of the Solar Eclipse Competitions Celebration. (Vanderbilt University)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs presented awards to six students at the Solar Eclipse Competitions Celebration April 17 at the Wond’ry. The celebration represents one of many campus events centered around the total solar eclipse that will occur later this year on Aug. 21.

Three awards were presented to students who participated in “Obscura,” a competition hosted by the Department of Art. Students were encouraged to submit work inspired by the upcoming solar eclipse in any visual arts media. Award recipients include:

First place: Malina Halman
Title: “Instead”
Cotton, wool and brass
Masters in higher education administration, Class of 2018

Second place: Matthew Thompson
Title: “Void”
Archival pigment print
Major: English, Class of 2017

Third place: Landon Stokes
Title: “Obscuration”
Archival pigment print
Major: Sociology, Class of 2017

Three students received awards for participating in “The Sun and the Moon: A Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest.” All Vanderbilt undergraduate students were encouraged to submit work for this competition, which was hosted by the Department of English. Award winners include:

Poetry winner: Ariana Yeatts-Lonske
Title: “Darkness: A History”
Major: English/creative writing, Class of 2017

Poetry runner-up: Sydney Pedigo
Title: “The Beauty of a Lost Moon”
Major: Medicine, health and society/philosophy, Class of 2017

Fiction winner: Lydia Yousief
Title: “The Barely-Lit Camp”
Major: Middle Eastern studies, Class of 2017

Fiction runner-up: Boyuan Zhang
Title: “A Total Solar Eclipse and the People who Paused to Watch It”
Major: Economics, Class of 2018

In partnership with a number of local and campus organizations, the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs has additional plans for programming and events celebrating the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Click here for a complete listing.