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News Note

Release Date July 19

Student Success - Obed Manuel, a former Brookhaven College student who transferred to the University of North Texas, was a 2012 Mayborn National Biography Writing Contest winner. The contest is open to high school and community college students worldwide, ages 14-25. Winners spend a week working with writing experts to refine and develop their biographical works. The Dallas Morning News is currently featuring the works of the ten 2012 competition winners. Manuel's piece, "Through Blood and Sand: The Derek Madrigal Story," can be viewed online at

Daniel Rodrigue, journalism professor at Brookhaven College, recently received notification that two of his students, Kathryn DeBruler and Nick Bostick, have been selected as winners of the 2013 Mayborn National History Writing Contest. DeBruler's piece is about Bucks Burnett, founder of The Eight Track Museum - currently, the only such museum in the world. Bostick wrote about the founders of Café Momentum in Dallas, which teaches culinary skills to young men assigned to Dallas County Youth Village. These young men, ages 13-17, are caught in a cycle of crime and punishment and Café Momentum works to break that cycle. Both DeBruler and Bostick are attending the 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, July 19th-21st. The students have the opportunity to work with Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees and receive input on their pieces prior to their being published next year.


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