DURANT – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens finished second in the 2014 Norton Anthology oral interpretation competition.
Pickens is a senior from Durant and a member of Skip Robinson’s unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English.
College and high school students worldwide were invited to submit an original anthologies for almost a hundred years, offered four categories.
Pickens said, “I would like to thank all the people who have encouraged me in this endeavor, especially the professors at Southeastern. Although some of my votes came from around the world, the majority of them came from the campus community and the community of Durant, Oklahoma.
“It was a privilege to represent my university and my community in this world-wide competition.”
Pickens selected Sonnett 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division.
The contest is open to a world-wide popular vote with the Norton editors determining the winner.
To finish second in international competition means the Norton editors and voters from around the world were highly impressed. Just being a finalist is quite an honor.
Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.
Robinson said, “The fact that Sally was the second-place winner against international competition speaks to the talent and dedication of our students at Southeastern. She accepted the challenge to work on this project outside of her classroom schedule and represented our entire faculty and staff beautifully.
“The hundreds of votes by the Southeastern family verified our pride in her unique accomplishment.”
The contest received entries from such locations as Grayson College (Denison, Texas) to Northwestern University (Chicago), St. Stephens (North Carolina), Bradley University (Illinois), University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan), to the University of Alaska (Anchorage).