As the year drew to a close, students had submitted stories and art to different competitions around the region. Now, halfway through the summer, students are finding out how they did.
Lauren MacKnight, fine art student at Brookhaven College, earned the Juror's Award (second place) at the League for Innovation
National Student Art Competition. MacKnight was recognized for her piece "Pure Tone," which is described in the competition
record as consisting of plaster, resin, monofilament line and sound. Before the national competition, MacKnight took part
in the DCCCD League for Innovation exhibition and competition at Mountain View College where only five of the 70 works in
the exhibition were selected for the national competition. The national competition included 95 works from the 19 League for
Innovations members and was judged by Wendy Wischer, artist and 2008 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual
and Media Artists Fellowship; Paco Barragn, an independent curator and an arts writer based in Madrid; and Jorge Gutierrez, museum manager and former director of the National Museum of Visual Arts in Venezuela.
Erin Russell has won numerous awards for her writing.
Congratulations to Brookhaven College Courier staffers Erin Marissa Russell and Josh Lagunez who had works selected by jurists for the Mayborn Conference's National Biography Contest. As two of the 10 who were selected for this honor, Erin and Josh will receive free registration to attend the nationally renowned Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, July 22-24 at the University of North Texas. They will participate in an all-day workshop conducted by one of the nation's leading biographers James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. Writers will attend a revision workshop where Morris will offer them each specific, concrete suggestions for improving the biographies they wrote. Following the workshop,the biographies will be submitted for publication in The Dallas Morning News, a major partner in the National Biography Contest. The Dallas Morning News also is going to encourage hometown newspapers to publish the young writer's biographies.