Three Spring Hill College juniors were recently awarded literary honors, including a winning essay, in the YES! National Student Writing Competition. Laura Delgado was one of nine total entries chosen to be a Powerful Voice winner, Brittany Hartung’s composition was included in a Gallery of Voices and an excerpt from Grace Crapps’ entry was chosen as a Gem. This competition is an opportunity for students in middle school through college to write something meaningful for an audience beyond the classroom as well as the chance to be published by the YES! award-winning magazine.
Hundreds of essays were submitted for this contest, where students read the YES! article “Native and European—How Do I Honor All Parts of Myself?” by Kayla DeVault. Like DeVault, students examined how connected they are to their ancestral or ethnic roots. They then wrote about their identities and described how they honor and participate in them. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, PhD, Professor of Psychology, says she submitted 10 essays to the competition. “I do this every year and we have had some Literary Gems and Interesting Title Winners, but never one of the huge Powerful Voice winners!”
Delgado wrote “Alien,” about not letting her alien number – assigned to her when her family came to the U.S. – define who she is: a proud Venezuelan and American woman. Hartung’s essay, “I Am A BLACK Woman,” examines being Black, adopted and raised in a White household. Crapps’ excerpt from her piece questions the duality of her Cuban and southern roots.
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