Trinity term at Oriel ended with collective sighs of relief from students as the exam season drew to a close but also with some celebration, as three important prizes were awarded. The Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry prize, the Elis White Memorial Trophy and the Michael Johnson Shield Award recognise outstanding achievements in poetry, rowing and rugby, respectively.
The Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition invites undergraduate students from Oxford and Cambridge colleges to submit a Petrarchan sonnet on a theme or topic of their choosing. The prize is awarded each year in honour of Eugene Lee-Hamilton, a poet and novelist who studied at Oriel (1864-66) and revived the use of Petrarchan Sonnets in his own work, as well as encouraging it in others. Huge congratulations go to the winner of the Competition this year, Olivia Sandhu, fourth year student in BA Classics and Oriental Studies at Oriel.
Ashby Neterer (2022, DPhil Theology and Religion) has been awarded the Elis White Memorial Trophy this year for most improved rower. The award was made at the Bumps Supper at the end of Summer Eights week on the 27th May.
The prize was created in memory of Elis Rhisiart White (1984-2008), who studied PPE at Oriel, graduating in 2005. Following his death in 2008, Mr and Mrs White set up the Elis White Memorial Trophy fund to award the most improved rower each year.
This year’s Oriel Rugby Club’s (OCRFC) captain, Toby Robinson (2021, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics), has chosen to award the Michael Johnson Shield shield to Joshua Williams (2020, BA Theology and Religion). Joshua was presented with the award by the Provost on Friday 16th June. The shield is in memory of Orielensis Mike Johnson (PPE, 1979), who passed away in March 2017.