May 15, 2013

Washington College player wins literary prize

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Washington College senior men's soccer player Tim Marcin was announced as the winner of the 2013 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary prize which is valued this year at $61,192. 

A four-season starter in soccer, Marcin, 21, co-captained the Shoremen team his junior and senior years. He more than proved himself in the classroom, too, joining the campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and earning the 2013 Alfred Reddish Award as the male athlete with the highest grade-point average. An English major who minored in creative writing and business management, he earned special recognition on campus in spring of 2012 when he became the first student ever to win both the Veryan Beacham Prize for writing about vital issues in public life and the William Warner Prize for writing about nature and the environment.

The 42-page portfolio he submitted for the Sophie Kerr Prize included a variety of poems whose subjects included teen romance, the music of Bob Dylan, and up-close perceptions of his father’s well-worn coat, and the red stitches on a baseball. His prose included an affectionate slice of life from Camp Quoowant, the summer camp outside Wilmington, Del., where he worked as a counselor, and his account of being in Boston during the confusing aftermath of the marathon bombing. “Writing is wrangling an overwhelming world,” he wrote in the introduction to his portfolio, “condensing it into something lucid, almost inherent. Like a tiny aperture capturing a big blue sky.”

Marcin will begin a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism this fall. He served as sports editor of the Washington College campus newspaper, The Elm, his senior year, and last summer worked as a website intern for Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.