Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Spring Essay Contest

Do you love writing in your language class? Want to win prizes for your creative ideas? Then enter the annual essay contest presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures!

What can I win?

In addition to fame, glory, and recognition by peers and professors, a fascinating prize will be awarded to one student from the intermediate level of each language of Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, as well as one prize to a student from the advanced level of each language of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

Who can sign up?

All students who have a B or more for their fall grade in their language (103 or 104 or 162), culture, or literature class (200- or 300-level classes).

How do I sign up?

Register with Natalie Rock in Maryland Hall 454 by Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Applications can be obtained from your professor or from the Language Learning Center. They should then be filled out and given to Natalie.

When and where is it?

Contestants will meet on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 4.00 - 5.00 in Maryland Hall 442, or on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 11.00 - 12.00 in Maryland Hall 442.

What will I have to do?

The intermediate level will write an essay of about two pages in the language studied on a subject given at the time. The use of dictionaries will be permitted. (Students in either the 103 or 104 level.)

The advanced level will write an essay of three to five pages in the language studied on a topic to be announced and available in the LLC on Tuesday, March 21. The use of dictionaries will be permitted. (Students in 201 or above.)

Previous Winners


  • Sebastian Balve, Intermediate German
  • John Farrell, Intermediate Italian
  • Salvatore LoPiccolo, Advanced Italian
  • Alicia Rodriguez, Intermediate Spanish
  • Kirsten Petrarca, Advanced Spanish


  • Deborah Kim, Intermediate Arabic
  • Jacqualine Asuquo, Advanced Chinese
  • Emily DiNubile, Intermediate Spanish
  • Victoria Sirois, Advanced Spanish


  • Joey Ho, Advanced Chinese
  • Timothy Spillane, Intermediate Chinese
  • Olivia Earenfight, Advanced French
  • Michael Di Bianca, Intermediate Italian
  • Stephanie Hakeem, Intermediate Spanish
  • Sydney  Generoso, Advanced Spanish


  • Shannon Conley, Advanced Chinese
  • Thomas Antorino, Advanced Spanish
  • Luke Haus, Intermediate Spanish