Lycoming College to reinstate scripture reading contest

Lycoming College to reinstate scripture reading contest

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Lycoming College, in recognition of its bicentennial celebration, will reinstate a student contest in scripture reading during the College's Family Weekend activities on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The M.B. Rich family, long-time contributors to the College, established endowed prizes to be "given to… the two students who at a public contest excel in reading the Scriptures; and to the two students who excel in writing and delivering an original oration."

The contest in the public scripture reading will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in Clarke Chapel. It involves the reading of three different passages, in English, from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures: one narrative passage; one passage written in poetic form; and one deliberative passage, a passage that makes an argument, such as from the Christian epistles.

The contest in original oration reading will be held in the spring. The winners of both M.B. Rich prizes will be announced at Honors Convocation on April 15, 2012.

For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Steve Johnson at

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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