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2013.05.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Statewide Spanish Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced
Nebraska Students Take Home Prizes

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is pleased to announce the winners of a statewide creative writing contest featuring works written in Spanish.

Now in its fourth year, “Through Our Words” 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 Humanities Nebraska.

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 contest consisted of short story and illustrated poem entries from all over Nebraska from students in grades five through 12. Prizes were awarded in the form of print and electronic books; e-dictionaries and art supplies.

The winners for this year’s contest are:

11th and 12th Grade Illustrated Poem:

First Place: “El Pensamiento de Ti” by David M. Miller- Norfolk Senior High School (11th Grade)
Second Place: “Sin Titulo” by Arria Lakha y Cheyenne Allen- Norfolk Senior High School (11th Grade)
First Honorable Mention: “La Panadería” by Grady Wiedman, Landon Marotz, and Tim Carlson - Norfolk Senior High School (11th Grade)
Second Honorable Mention: “Caballos Salvajes” by Bree Herley, Bailee Porter, and Shaelyn Wattier - Norfolk Senior High School (11th and 12th Grade)
Third Honorable Mention: (shared) “Buscando La Inocencia” by Logan Maggart & Pollyanna Carlson - Norfolk Senior High School (11th and 12th Grade) / Untitled by Vanessa Rodriguez – Crete High School (11th Grade) / “De Tras De Su Mirada” by Lisbeth Jaramillo - Bellevue East High School (11th Grade)

11th and 12th Grade Short Story:

First Place: “La Princesa y su "Principe” by Vaishnavi Ganesan - Elkhorn South High School (12th Grade)
Second Place: “El Miedo de los Inodoros Automáticos” by Elizabeth Howorth - Elkhorn South High School (12th Grade)
First Honorable Mention: “Separados de Casa” by Christian Roman - Crete High School (11th Grade)
Second Honorable Mention: “Tu Ignorancia” by Teresa Lopez – Omaha Northwest High School (11th Grade)
Third Honorable Mention: “El Lápiz Magíco ” by Brandon Jochimsen - Ralston High School (12th Grade)

Ninth and 10th Grade Illustrated Poem:

First Place: “El Dia y La Noche” by Payton Kelly – Millard West High School (10th Grade)
Second Place: Untitled by Jennefer Najarro - Crete High School (10th Grade)
First Honorable Mention: (shared) “Las Fresas” by Conner Tupper - Millard West High School (10th Grade) / “Una Mamá” by Lesly Cifuentes - Crete High School (Ninth Grade)
Second Honorable Mention: (shared) “Universo Paralelo” by Paola Perez - Crete High School (10th Grade) / “Amor y Odio” by Vanessa Ortiz - Crete High School (10th Grade)
Third Honorable Mention: (shared) “Olvidada” by Marleny martinez- Crete High School (10th Grade) / “El Otoño” by Jordan Ashmore- Millard West High School (12th Grade)

Ninth and 10th Grade Short Story:

First Place: “Muñecas” by Carolina Segura – Crete High School (10th Grade)
Second Place: “El Cambiador De Formas” by Will Muller – Millard West High School (10th Grade)
First Honorable Mention: (shared) “Porque A Mi?” Lesley García - Crete High School (Nineth Grade) / “Blanc” by Jesus Lopez - Crete High School (10th Grade)
Second Honorable Mention: (shared) “La Frontera” by Fernanda Copean – Omaha Northwest High School (Ninth Grade) / “Nada Sin Tu Amor” by Eva Cevallos - Crete High School (Ninth Grade)

Seventh and Eighth Grade Illustrated Poem:

First Place: “Rosas Rojas” by Henry Romero-Escobar – Schuyler Middle School (Eighth Grade)

Seventh and Eighth Grade Short Story:

First Place: “La Ladrona de Juventud” by Maria Ortiz-Adame – Crete Middle School (Eighth Grade)
Second Place: “La Vida De Jessica” by Meylin Espinoza– Crete Middle School (Seventh Grade)

Fifth and Sixth Grade Short Story:

First Place: “Una Pesadilla Sin Fin” by Violeta Jacinto – R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School (Fifth Grade)
Second Place: “Mi Primer Dia de Escuela” by Lizeth Quezada – South Sioux City Middle School (Sixth Grade)

For more information about the contest, contact Claudia Garcia at 402.554.4837 or by email at csgarcia@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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