The award carries with it a $500 prize, plus publication in two journals, The Laureate and ScholarWorks. Ketchum will be honored at a June reception at the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. Ketchum will attend WMU in the fall; she is the daughter of Sue and Kevin Ketchum.
As the school that nominated Ketchum, Gobles High School will be awarded $250 to support the purchase of books or other materials to be used in the English instructional program. Ketchum was nominated by her senior English teacher, Corey Harbaugh.