Awards and Smiles!

LCE Director and Acting Executive Director Janet Whiting recently delivered plaques and checks to the some of the winners in LCE’s Writing and Art Challenge on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The delivery was delayed, in part, due to storms, harsh weather, school closings and flooding. But, were there’s a will there’s a way! Prizes were mailed to winners who could not be present to accept their awards.

The Grand Prize winners in the High School Writing Challenge and the Experienced Art Challenge each received $350 and a plaque. The Grand Prize winners in the Middle School Writing Challenge and the Young Artist Challenge each won $250 and a plaque.

The Grand Prize High School and Middle School writers also earned their respective schools (Pine Ridge High School and Red Cloud Middle School) $1,000 in unrestricted grants, along with a plaque to commemorate the accomplishments of the students and their schools.

Director Janet Whiting said about the presenting the awards:

“It was an honor to go to the schools to meet each student and principal as I could see and feel the excitement of being acknowledged for sharing a piece of themselves with the world. I will always remember their smiles, art and poetry.”

Please take the time to look over the incredible work of these young people! Links to the winning entries of LCE’s prior writing and art challenges may be found on our website.

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