April 26, 2004
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PNC Poetry Festival Award Winners
WESTVILLE Purdue University North Central student
Scott Schwaller, LaPorte, earned first place in the Spring
Poetry Festival on campus.
Second place went to Corey Schumacher, Portage. Winners of
the Judges' Awards were Dan Green, Chesterton, Thelma Westman,
Michigan City, Melissa Turner, LaPorte, Katie Anderson, Valparaiso
and Michelle Parker, Michigan City.
The annual event was sponsored by the English Department's
Recruitment and Retention Committee and the Michigan City
Public Library. The competition, held in celebration of William
Shakespeares birthday, was held at Shakespeares
Garden on campus and attracted about 20 poets who presented
their original poetry. This event has gained a reputation
as an opportunity for students to show their creativity and
imagination in a non-classroom, casual setting, for the enjoyment
of their friends, families and the community as a whole.
The Festival also featured a presentation of poetry and music
by internationally known performer Val Gray Ward, founder
of Chicagos Kuumba Theatre Co.