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2012.05.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Spanish Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Omaha - The winners of a statewide creative writing contest featuring work written in Spanish have been announced. Sponsored in part by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the contest received short story entries from all over Nebraska from students in grades five through 12.

Now in this third year, “Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work” is organized by UNO’s Department of Foreign Languages, Masters of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) along with the Nebraska Humanities Council The contest celebrates the Spanish language across the state and encourages its creative use among bilingual, heritage speakers and speakers of Spanish as a second language.

The winners for this year’s contest are:

11th and 12th Grade With Illustration First Place:

“Las aventuras con Ricardo” by Allison Erwin - Norfolk Senior High (12th Grade)
Second Place: “La casa del silencio” by José Cañizares - Grand Island Senior High (12th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Jugando eon el Arco Iris” by Madison Deal - Columbus High School (11th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “¿Dónde está el gato?” by Alexandria Hedlund - O’Neill High School (12th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “El héroe gigante” by Emie Hausmann & Regan Jones - Columbus High School (11th and 12th Grade)

Ninth and 10th Grade With Illustration

First Place: “Sin título” by Martha Pérez Bernabé - Grand Island High School (10th Grade)
Second Place: “Peleando con mi hermana” by Kathy Roballos - Grand Island Senior High School (10th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Sin título” by Selvin Valerio - Grand Island Senior High School (Ninth Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Historia de un ángel” by Edelmira Santana - Burke High School (10th Grade)

Fifth and Sixth Grade With Illustration
First Place: “Mi cultura” by Xcaret Castelán - Marrs Magnet Middle School (Fifth Grade)
Second Place: “Dos lados” by Victoria Shradar - Marrs Magnet Middle School (Fifth Grade)

11th and 12th Grade Without Illustration

First Place: “El asilo de tu mente” by Marla M. Trujillo - Burke High School (11th Grade)
Second Place: “El Nuevo comienzo” by Becca Maynard- Ralston High School (11th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “El hada fea” by Sandra Castro - Columbus High School (11th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “El verdadero Rey León” by Jessica Thai - Millard North High School (12th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “El fuego” by Juan J. Ortiz Juarez - Crete High School (11th Grade)

Ninth and 10th Grade Without Illustration

First Place: “Cocodri” by Jesús López Méndez - Crete High School (Ninth Grade)
Second Place: “La iglesia abandonada” by Yajaira López V- Crete High School (10th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “El espejo” by Juan Mora-Amaral - Northwest Magnet High School (10th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Guerrero” by Steven Santos - Crete High School (10th Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Pastel” by Kevin Ramírez - Grand Island Central Catholic High School (10th Grade)

Seventh and Eighth Grade Without Illustration

First Place: “El error de la confianza” by Jennifer Ortiz - Crete Middle School (Eighth Grade)
Second Place: “El avión equivocado” by Lesly García - Crete Middle School (Eighth Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Mi viaje a México” by Guadalupe Mora - Crete Middle School (Eighth Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Maribel y el Rey” by Marilyn Adame - Crete Middle School (Seventh Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Panchito” by Arendi Rueda Cruz. Crete Middle School (Seventh Grade)

Fifth and Sixth Grade Without Illustration

First Place: “Dos culturas” by Vicente Huerta - Marrs Magnet Middle School (Fifth Grade)
Second Place: “La boda de mi primo” by Mayeli Rodríguez Bustamante - Marrs Magnet Middle School (Fifth Grade)
Honorable Mention: “Han pasado veinte años” by Marjore Gabriela Beltrán - Crete Middle School (Sixth Grade)

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska’s heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad. For more information about the contest, contact Claudia Garcia at csgarcia@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.4837

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