Greensboro College Literary Magazine Wins Top Prize for Fifth Time in Six Years

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2017 edition of Greensboro College’s literary magazine, The Lyre, has won first place in general excellence nationally from the American Scholastic Press Association for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six years.

The magazine previously won in its category, magazines from colleges with between 1,001 and 1,700 students, with its 2016, 2015, 2013, and 2012 editions. Its 2011 edition placed second nationally.

The magazine’s editorial board included:

  • Savannah “Savvy” Bowen ’17, an English and Communication Studies major from Greensboro, N.C.
  • Abigail Bügger ’18, a religion and sociology major from Raleigh
  • Adelaide Elliott ’19, an English & Communication Studies and sociology major from Walnut Cove, N.C.
  • Scotty Inyama, a master’s-degree candidate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Greensboro, N.C.
  • Meegan McCarthy ’19, a psychology and art major from Loudon, N.H.
  • Dorothy “Dori” Medlin ’19, a sociology and English major from Gastonia, N.C.
  • Lauren Smith ’17, an English major from Gibsonville, N.C.

The American Scholastic Press Association, based in College Point, N.Y., holds an annual contest that honors outstanding yearbooks, newspapers and magazines produced by high-school and college students.

The Lyre, founded in 1956, includes fiction, poetry, essays and art in a variety of media from students, faculty, staff and alumni of Greensboro College.

The magazine’s adviser is L. Wayne Johns, associate professor of English. For more information about the college’s literary magazine and newspaper, which Johns also advises, contact him at 336-272-7102, ext. 5415, or email

Johns holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, an M.F.A. from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He joined the faculty in 2007.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.


Media Contact:
Lex Alexander, Director of Communications

Greensboro College
815 W. Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
336-272-7102, ext. 5398
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