(April 30, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Students Receive Awards From Historical Association

Amanda Robinson
Amanda Robinson

SHREVEPORT, La.—Two students from Centenary College of Louisiana have received awards from the North Louisiana Historical Association for papers they submitted.

Senior Amanda Robinson from Bossier City won first place in the W. Darrell Overdyke undergraduate competition for her paper, "The Vets March on Centenary: Changing the Campus from 1945 — 1950." The Overdyke award is in memory of the late W. Darrell Overdyke, long time professor of history at Centenary College.

Senior Lesley Ragsdale from Daingerfield, Texas, captured the second place award for her paper, "Fighting a Different Enemy: The 1945 Red River Flood and a Network of Destruction."

Both papers will be published in North Louisiana History and competed in the history senior seminar.

Ragsdale has also been honored with the William B. Wiener Jr. Award from the archives and Special Collections of the Noel Memorial Library at Louisiana State University in Shreveport for her paper based on research there.

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 is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.