W&L Senior Wins Hearst Writing Award

Washington and Lee University senior Hannah Denham has received a first-place award for college feature writing in the highly competitive Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.

Denham, who is earning a degree in journalism and working toward a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at W&L, will receive a $3,000 scholarship for her winning article, “A Texas-size mart’s road to fame,” which ran in The Washington Post last August. Her article detailed the growth and popularity of a Texas chain of convenience stores called Buc-ee’s.

In addition to Denham’s prize, the Hearst Foundation will award a matching grant to the W&L School of Journalism. Denham, a Johnson Scholar at W&L who serves as co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Ring-tum Phi, also now qualifies to participate in the Hearst National Writing Championship in Houston, Texas, in June. Denham’s article was selected from

a pool of 156 entries from 86 colleges and universities across the country. The Post has invited Denham back

to its newsroom when she graduates this spring. She will work as an intern on the business and financial desk.