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March 3, 2024 9:11 pm

Wayne Community College magazine, students win awards

GOLDSBORO — Renaissance, Wayne Community College’s writers’ and artists’ magazine, and its student writers have been recognized by the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) for the seventh consecutive year.

The magazine’s 2023 issue, as well as four student writers, received awards in the association’s annual literary competition for the Southern division.

Renaissance won first place in the Best Magazine category, which is determined based on aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation, and strength of student work.

Student writers who were awarded are:
Emma Padgett – first and second place in the Best Poems category for “Belonging” and “Miss Dolly,” respectively;
Janelle Acavedo-Trejo – first and third place in the Best Short Stories category for “The Break” and “Peach Pit,” respectively;
Katelyn Pyles – second place in the Best Short Stories category for “Sixty Cents in Nickels;” and
Esraa Kanaan – first place in the Best Creative Nonfiction category for “The End of My Childhood.”

WCC English Instructors Jeff Williams, Dean Tuck, and Ashley Merrill are the magazine’s editors.

Magazines compete within their “weight” class determined by college enrollment and magazine funding. Awards for first through third place are given each year within each of five geographical regions and nationally.

The latest volume of Renaissance and previous issues can be found on WCC’s website.

The annual literary magazine competition, which highlights student work from all over the nation, is one of the highlights of the CCHA. The competition reinforces the mission of CCHA to help shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in the humanities.