Students put creative spin on 'A Christmas Carol' (Photo Gallery)
CMSD NEWS BUREAU
This year's other winners are:
- Nina Abercrombie, Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy, eighth grade
- Deaarron King, Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy, eighth grade
- Dean Iannaggi, Riverside, seventh grade
- Kendall Skillern, Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy, seventh grade
The theater will host a reception Saturday at Kennedy's Theatre in Playhouse Square. The students, their parents or guardians and their English teachers are invited to the event, which will be attended by members of Great Lakes Theater’s Shakespeare Society. Each student receive a plaque with their name on it, a hard bound copy of Dickens's classic, a $50 gift card to Target and a personal letter from CMSD CEO Eric Gordon. After the reception, the winners and their guests will receive free admission to Great Lakes Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol."
The contest was launched in 1989 and is open to all CMSD students in the sixth through eighth grades. Each school is allowed to submit one winner per grade level, and those essays are judged by a panel of local educators, artists and community members. From those entries, six grand-prize winners are chosen, two per grade level.
The contest is enough to bring a local radio legend out of retirement. Dee Perry, former host of “The Sound of Applause” on WCPN 90.3-FM, retired this year but will continue the tradition of interviewing the writing contest winners. The interviews, along with recordings of Great Lakes Theater members reading excerpts from the winning entries, will be broadcast on Christmas at 4 p.m. on WCPN 90.3-FM and at wcpn.org. Segments of the interviews will also be broadcast at various times in mid-December.