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NMSU English students honored for academic excellence

New Mexico State University students Ann Kendzierski, Sheila Telles and Amy Kierzek have been selected recipients of Verna Newman Rule Scholarship Awards for 1999-2000.

The awards are given to English majors at the top of their class. Each student will receive $1,900 for the fall 1999 and spring 2000 semesters.

Kendzierski, of Las Cruces, was selected as the English graduate student Rule scholar for her academic accomplishments as well as her community involvement.

Telles, also of Las Cruces, is being awarded the Rule scholarship for achieving the highest grade point average of all senior English majors.

Kierzek, of Hillsboro, Ohio, received the scholarship for achieving the highest grade point average of all junior English majors.

The scholarships were established in 1994 through a special donation from Donald W. Rule of Tucson, Ariz., who wanted to create an award in memory of his wife Verna who died in 1992. She was a 1949 NMSU English graduate. Donald Rule passed away this last summer.

"The Rule awards are very generous and we're very appreciative of them," NMSU English department head Chris Burnham said.

For more information, contact the NMSU English department at (505) 646-3931.