Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Through the Storm...The Winning Student Essays

PEN/Faulkner Writers and Schools and Hurston/Wright Foundation have selected the winning essays for D.C.'s Big Read. Local high school students were asked to describe a life-changing event evocative of the literal storm featured in the novel or to write about how they connected with one of Hurston’s characters.

The following students will read an excerpt from their essays at D.C.'s Big Read's LAST CHAPTER closing event Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW). Call 202-387-8391 or email for information. The essays will also be read on WPFW's 2K NATION May 27.

First Prize: The Storms in My Life by Francisco Garcia of Bell Multicultural High School.

Finalists: My Dream by Ana Maria Alverez of Bell Multicultural; Lessons for a Lifetime by Ivory SarceƱo of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.