Well, I can report that despite her predecessors all having two attempts each during semesters past, on Dec. 1 a third student joined #loweclass legends Alec Brooks and Rob Gebelhoff as the only ones to earn 80 percent or better on the massive quiz. Congratulations, Elizabeth Baker. After appreciative and admiring applause and congratulatory tweets from her classmates, she had only two words when asked for a reaction: "So proud."
Gebelhoff (88 percent) and Brooks (84 percent) outscored Baker on the quiz. However, she has the distinction of also joining other #loweclass legends Caroline Campbell, Erin Caughey, Victor Jacobo and Kaitlyn Farmer as an AP Style Bowl winner. While my questions weren't the best – note to self: create a set of questions updated for the 2014 stylebook – the double-elimination competition took longer than expected as the class was on its game.
I am looking forward to renewing these #loweclass traditions with the 17 students registered for JOUR 2100 next term. Let it also be said that two misguided souls from the Marquette University Office of Marketing and Communications have illusions, ah, intentions of either her passing the grammar, spelling and punctuation quiz or his class beating my students in a competition. As stated before: 1) how cute and 2) I really don't think they're ready.