Two Prairie State College Students Recognized at Collegiate Writing Competition

Prairie State College (PSC) student Olisaemeka Okakpu (second from left) received an honorable mention during the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Writing Competition hosted by Elgin Community College. He was recognized during a recent meeting of the PSC Board of Trustees, and congratulated by (from left) PSC Professor Patrick Reichard, Student Trustee Ashlyn Snuckle, and President Eric Radtke. Not pictured was the second place recipient, PSC student Kiara Anderson.
Prairie State College (PSC) student Olisaemeka Okakpu (second from left) received an honorable mention during the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Writing Competition hosted by Elgin Community College. He was recognized during a recent meeting of the PSC Board of Trustees, and congratulated by (from left) PSC Professor Patrick Reichard, Student Trustee Ashlyn Snuckle, and President Eric Radtke. Not pictured was the second place recipient, PSC student Kiara Anderson. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)- Two Prairie State College (PSC) students were recognized during this year’s Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Writing Competition hosted by Elgin Community College.

Kiara Anderson of Matteson won second place for her short story, "What a Beautiful Wedding." The story details an extravagant wedding of a beautiful young couple who are not pleased about who they are marrying, but the circumstances of their lives prevent them from following their hearts.

Olisaemeka Okakpu of University Park received an honorable mention for his short play, "Cain," about an African man caught in the slave trade of the 1700’s. He tells his story through a monologue that is performed behind him on stage.

A day-long literary festival highlights the annual creative writing competition. In addition to the competition, the festival includes a book fair, readings, and workshops.

The students were recognized at a recent PSC Board of Trustees meeting. Professor Patrick Reichard, who was PSC’s faculty representative to the festival, announced their successes at the meeting.

"Prairie State’s Creative Writing classes have had a lot of success in the last few years at the Skyway Festival. Kiara and Meka’s pieces are both examples of the great writing our English students produce each year," he said.