Junior Receives International Writing Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 15, 2014 – High Point University junior Devan Plyler was recently selected from applicants across the globe to receive the 2014 Scholarly Paper Award by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, for a paper she authored that analyzes Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.”

The Scholarly Paper Award is designated for the best undergraduate student scholarly paper presented at a professional or academic conference. Plyler, an English writing major, presented her original piece at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS), which was held on the HPU campus in 2013.

“This essay has had a pretty good run throughout my undergraduate career,” says Plyler. “I am grateful again for all the support I’ve received from the HPU English Department, and am honored that it has now been recognized by Sigma Tau Delta.”

Dr. Matthew Carlson, assistant professor of English, notes that Plyler always brings tremendous talent and enthusiasm to all of her scholarly endeavors.

“Her paper on ‘The Maltese Falcon’ is a model of critical insight and rhetorical skill, so I’m very pleased – though not surprised – that it was honored by Sigma Tau Delta,” Carlson says.

Plyler is the event chair and Student Government Association representative for the Sigma Tau Delta chapter at HPU. She hopes to initiate a read-a-thon fundraised on campus in the coming fall Semester.

Upon graduation, Plyler, a native of Meredith, N.H., plans to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in English.

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