The Write Stuff: Students take stage at poetry and prose competition

From Dr. Seuss to Chance the Rapper as inspiration, CRSM students joined more than 120 students from Lake County to participate in the 7th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry & Prose Contest. Many found their muse in the theme of “service” in a variety of sources.

Cristo Rey’s young authors took more than half of the 12 awards at the April 18, 2017 event. They included: Kasandra won first place in prose; Irie won second place in prose; Renee, won third place in prose and honorable mentions were given to: Jennifer, Julissa and Michele in prose and student Joshua, received an honorable mention in poetry.

At the annual event, students can read their original poems and essays to an audience of family, friends and other members of the communities of Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion, where the participating students live. First, second and third place winners won $250, $150 and $100 respectively, as well as six students who won honorable mention and received $10 gift cards.

The annual event exemplifies the Tenth District Dems’ belief that politics is about more than just elections and that the Democrats’ goal of improving the local communities, the state and the nation can be achieved through a variety of other ways – including nurturing the talent of young people.

Politicians attending included: Waukegan’s Mayor-elect Sam Cunningham, Congressman Brad Schneider, and Barbara Altman, Managing Vice-Chair of the Tenth Dems.