Joliet Central and West High School students earned top awards at the Southwest Prairie Conference (SPC) Literary Festival on April 10. The students were instructed by JTHS English teachers Brian Newman and VanDyne Martz.
The 2018-2019 conference took place at Plainfield South High School.
Joliet West High School student Diego Mateo earned first place in the dramatic scene category for his piece, “The Hounds of Spring."
Diego Mateo has submitted an award-winning piece each of the last three years.
Alyssa Conde earned second place in the personal essay category for her piece, “Fishbowl."
Honorable mentions were awarded to Joliet West student Benedicta Anighoro in the critical essay category for her essay “Black Lives Don’t Matter and Probably Never Will," and to Nayeli Rascon in the Descriptive Sketch category for her work, “She."
Joliet Central High School student Jaliyah Houston won the highest honor, the critic’s choice award, in the critical essay for "Difficulties of Being a Black Woman."
Central student Araceli Almazan earned first place in the critical essay for "Gender Identity a Social Construct."