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Williams named outstanding English major at Shepherd U.

August 15, 2011
  • Hannah Hall Williams
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Hannah Hall Williams of Inwood, W.Va., graduated cum laude from Shepherd University on May 14. An English major and art minor, she was awarded Best English Major of 2010-11 and selected for Who’s Who Among Universities and Colleges.

Hannah served as one of the four literary editors of Sans Merci, Volume 35, which is funded by the Student Government Association at Shepherd. Four of her poems and one photograph were published in the student-organized publication.

The previous year, she won the Best Poetry prize for “We Were Anchors,” which was dedicated in memory to James D. Steptoe, well-known Martinsburg, W.Va., attorney and family friend, who died in August 2009.

She presented an academic paper at the 19th annual Literature Symposium for undergraduate students at Wheeling Jesuit University in February. She also served as the 2010-11 public relations chair to Shepherd Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.

She was a writing tutor in the Academic Support Center and also served as the chief copy editor of The Picket, Shepherd University’s newspaper, during the 2010-11 school year.

Hannah is the daughter of Russell and Wendy Williams of Inwood, and granddaughter of Elizabeth H. Williams of Annapolis and the late Robert D. Williams and Jean H. Doyle of Martinsburg, and the late Donald W. Kilmer.

Hannah plans to attend graduate school to study English literature and her goal is to become a professor of English.

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