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Jan. 15: Carnegie Mellon Honors Student Winners Of Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards


Abby Houck                  

Carnegie Mellon Honors Student Winners
Of Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards

PITTSBURGH — The winners of the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards at Carnegie Mellon University will honor the slain civil rights leader's vision and sacrifice when they read their work as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21 in Rangos Hall in the University Center.

Students from Carnegie Mellon and several Pittsburgh-area high schools submitted essays or poetry reflecting on the role race has played in their lives. Awards were given in two categories: prose (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry, and winners received cash prizes.

The writing awards ceremony will follow Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon's annual State of Diversity address. The awards are organized by the university's Creative Writing Program, which is part of the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A list of winners follows.

High School Poetry

First Place

  • "Krissy and Chris" by Madeline Chandler, Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Pittsburgh CAPA)

Runners Up

  • "The Language of My Face" by Olivia Meyer, Pittsburgh CAPA
  • "The Terrorist" by Luke Rifugiato, Pittsburgh CAPA
  • "88" by Hannah Tuchin, Pittsburgh CAPA
  • "The Weapon of Love" by Mauricia Turner, Pittsburgh Schenley High School

Honorable Mention

  • "We Together" by Devin Ghafoor, Pittsburgh Perry High School
  • "A Friend and I" by Markia Purdom, Pittsburgh Schenley High School

High School Prose

First Place

  • "Sunday Morning in the Hill District" by Morgan Gilbreath, Winchester Thurston Upper School (Winchester Thurston)
  • "The Definition of Who I Am" by Adam Saad, Winchester Thurston

Runners Up

  • "X-Box Live and I" by Ben Charley, Winchester Thurston
  • "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Reality of Dr. King's Dream: As seen through the eyes of a teen" by Rasheda Nikole Hosey, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
  • "Life" by Hillary Ramsey, Winchester Thurston
  • "What a Day" by Nefertiti Umeh, Winchester Thurston

Honorable Mention

  •  "Just A Joke" by Helen Bunker, Winchester Thurston
  • "Your Stereotypical Bi-Racial Child" by Phallon Depante, Winchester Thurston

Carnegie Mellon Poetry

First Place

  • "Legacy" by Zeb Girouard
  • "Freedom Poll" by Sally Mao
  • "Six Purple Grapes" by Joella Still