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Dual enrolled students receive top honors in writing contest

Two dual-credit students at State Technical College of Missouri and Blair Oaks High School were recently recognized as top entries in the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.

Of the 285 regional submissions, Audrey Schroeder and Leah Wankum, received top honors in the Missouri Writing Region.  

“I am very proud of their accomplishments,” said Kelli Jones, Communications Instructor.  “This is a very prestigious honor worth celebrating.”

Founded in 1923 by Scholastic, Inc. founder, Maurice R. Robinson, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships.

Panels of professional jurors, comprised of authors and educators, review works of art and manuscripts to select award recipients.

Jones submitted ten entries from dual-credit State Tech and Blair Oaks students to the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.

The awards program recognizes written and artistic works in over 30 categories.  Schroeder received a Silver Key Award for her poetry entitled, “Monster.”   Wankum received an Honorable Mention Award for her short story entitled, “Predetermined Darkness.” 

The most outstanding works of art and writing from each region are forwarded to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York City to be reviewed on a national level.

On February 26, Schroeder and Wankum were recognized at a reception during the 2010 Language Arts Write to Learn Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.   At the reception, the students received a certificate for their award, a key, a copy of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing 2009 and a signed copy of a work from one of the conference’s guest authors.

According to Jones, the students will also be listed as winners and have their entries published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication available June 1, 2010. 

With more than 25 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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