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Student Literary Works Published Online

The writing of three Catawba Valley Community College students has been published in the online non-fiction journal "234."

Essays written by Aryan Bollinger, Erin Leanne Tucker, and Vickie Sigmon for English faculty member Scott Owens’s English 113 class can be read at

Each essay deals with literature read as part of the class and connects the material to the students’ own lives.

Bollinger’s essay explores the violent consequences of a distorted need for control as revealed in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess." A resident of Morganton, Bollinger is enrolled the Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) associate degree program.

Tucker's essay relates her own experience as a mother with the conflicted feelings Sharon Olds expresses regarding planned parenthood in her poem "The Planned Child." A resident of Claremont, Tucker is enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy associate degree program.

Sigmon examines the challenges of being a step-parent and relates her own experience to that expressed in Scott Owens' poem "Foundings." A resident of Hickory, Sigmon is enrolled in the Healthcare Management associate degree program.

“234” is edited by CVCC faculty members Scott Owens, Tim Peeler and Jerry Sain, and named after the CVCC Writing Center. Since its founding two years, the journal has published the work of 15 CVCC students, and four faculty members alongside professionally written non-fiction from across the country.

Pictured above from left are Vickie Sigmon, Erin Leanne Tucker, and Aryan Bollinger.


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