OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College student Alexandria “Ali” Braboy of Dalzell recently presented on a panel titled “Re-Open the Book to Fantasy Worlds” at the Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in Portland, Ore.
Braboy, a graduate of St. Bede Academy, was selected to participate in the conference from a highly competitive pool of Sigma Kappa Delta members from across the U.S. Other accepted panelists came from Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Ala.; Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Ala.
Braboy’s presentation focused on L. J. Smith’s “The Vampire Diaries” series while the other panelists talked about Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Cornelia Funke’s “Inkheart.” Braboy received a certificate of achievement from the national office of Sigma Kappa Delta for her selection as a speaker.
At the convention, Braboy heard speeches by National Book Award winner Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Anne Fadiman. She attended many other sessions and toured Portland.
“I think Ali’s experience demonstrates our slogan perfectly: ‘No place so close can take you so far,’” said IVCC English instructor and Sigma Kappa Delta co-advisor Adam Olkaker, who accompanied her to the conference.
Braboy said, “I never thought anything like this was possible when I first transferred to IVCC.”
Sigma Kappa Delta is the English honor society for two-year colleges; Sigma Tau Delta is an English honor society for four-year universities.