Budding young writers from throughout Aurora were honored at a Jan. 12 event celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., when six middle school, high school, and college students were announced as poetry contest winners and had the opportunity to read their works aloud before a gathered audience. The event was held at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library on East Colfax Avenue in Aurora.
First place: “I Believe,” by Ellery Bock, 6th grade, Falcon Creek Middle School; instructor, Paige Gaynor Schmidt. Second place: “What We Are,” by Chris Peltola, 8th grade, West Middle School; instructor, Alex Droege.
First place: “Triumph,” by Cynthia Jennings, 9th grade, Smoky Hill High School. Second place: “The Right to a Dream,” by Rachel Muller, 12th grade, Overland High School.
First Place: “Freedom Longevity,” by Ineesha Williams, Community College of Aurora. Second place: “From Dreams to Reality,” by Fekade Senbeta, Community College of Aurora
The contest was hosted by the Community College of Aurora’s Global Initiatives Committee, in partnership with the City of Aurora, to promote the ideals that Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others stood for and continue to actively support.
Winners were presented with a certificate and awards donated by the CCA Bookstore and Tattered Cover. Entries were judged by the faculty of the Performing Arts and Humanities and the Communications Departments at the college.