(April 21, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

History Majors Take Top Awards in Research Competition

David Williams
David Williams

Janeane Gorcyca
Janeane Gorcyca

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) – Two Centenary College history majors have received awards from the North Louisiana Historical Association for their research papers.

Senior David Williams was awarded first place in the W. Darrell Overdyke undergraduate competition for his paper on the career of Shreveport lawyer and legal scholar Colonel John H. Tucker Jr. Senior Janeane Gorcyca was awarded second place for her work that traced Sister Margaret McCaffrey’s activities to assist Shreveport’s impoverished citizens.

Williams, a native of Lafayette, plans on taking a year off after graduation and eventually attend law school, and has been offered a teaching assistantship in Lille, France. Gorcyca, a resident of Shreveport, plans on attending law school in the fall.

As part of his award, Williams’ research paper will be published in the North Louisiana History journal.


About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as “One of the Best 371 Colleges” by the Princeton Review and one of “America’s Best Colleges” and one of “America’s Best Private Colleges” by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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