In 1987, Patricia and Leonard Porcello endowed the Wagner-Berger Prize to honor Patricia’s parents, Louis and Mary Wagner-Berger, and to support college women who are interested in writing short stories and novels. It is designed to encourage and reward excellence in creative writing at the College of Saint Benedict.

The Wagner-Berger Prize for fiction is the first scholarship of its kind at the College of Saint Benedict. It is a scholarship awarded annually to the CSB student who submits the most original, previously unpublished short story. All submissions are judged by a committee of English Department members, and the winner receives an award of $1,000. Studio One is honored to publish this year’s winning piece by CSB senior Ryan McCanna.

Ryan McCanna is a senior English and Theater double major and Hispanic Studies minor. She hails from St. Louis Park, Minnesota where her teachers and family encouraged her to pursue writing. In particular, the wonderful Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Baldwin, Mr. Wilkes, Sra. Anderson and the Richardson family. She studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile during her first semester junior year and her second semester she wrote this story in Professor Callahan’s Creative Writing class. She’d like to thank her family and professors Callahan, Marston, Harkins, Opitz, and theater professor Johnston for their encouragement and honest feedback throughout her college career.

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