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Local students win PJC creative awards

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PARIS — Poetry Month and the late founder of the Paris Junior College writing awards, Dr. Tony Clark, were both celebrated at the 38th year of the ceremony awarding PJC students for their creative talents.


Clark, a former PJC English instructor and chair of the department, started the awards in 1976 to encourage and recognize outstanding student writing.

Highlighting the event was the presentation of the William A. Owens Scholarship for creative writing to Andi Clark of Paris. Owens was an area resident who attended PJC and went on to become a renowned writer and author.

Lynsee Parish of Yantis and a student at the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center, received the Outstanding Student in English. Emily Bart was named Outstanding Student in Foreign Language and Rosalinda Silva received Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language. Both are from Paris.

Winners by category include:

Narrative Essay: Fourth, “The American Dream,” Andrea Garcia of Winnsboro, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center.

Regional Literature: First, “Beneath Her Eyes,” Andrea Garcia, Winnsboro, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center.

Short Story: First, “Opening to Love,” Stephanie Bradford of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center; Second, “A Paris,” Keithan Tapley of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center.

Outstanding Freshman Drama Student:  Paige Collins of Pickton, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center.


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