The East Central College English Department, in conjunction with the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, hosted the inaugural Humanities Festival on campus in November as a celebration of language and literature.

Local high school students got to spend the day on the ECC campus and attend several interesting workshops. 

Students also learned about studying and explored career opportunities in the humanities.

The festival held contests in different categories for the students. First-place winners received a $100 prize.

Feature Writing

“In the Hands of a Benjamin Franklin Quote,” by Piper Fitzgerald, Sullivan High School, first place; “All-Abilities Athletics Continues to Expand, Continues to Impact Community,” by McKenzie Dohm, Washington High School, second place; and “Winter Weather Affects Farmers,” by​ Elizabeth Busch, Washington High School, third place.

News Writing

“February Marks Recognition of African-American Impact on U.S. History,” by Paige Ritson and Olivia Robinson, both from Washington High School, first place and “Boys’ Soccer Team Makes History, Earns Second Place at State,” by Sophie Koritz, Washington High School, second place.

Photography

“The Adolescent Mind,” by Grace Coppinger, Union High School, first place; “State Soccer Photo 2,” by McKenzie Dohm, Washington High School, second place; “Fall Play,” by Cassidy Lesire, Washington High School, third place; and “Graduation,” by Olivia Davis, Washington High School, honorable mention.

Spanish

Casey Baker, New Haven High School, first place, and Emma McIntyre, New Haven High School, honorable mention.

Poetry

James Francis’ “A Seraph’s Freedom,” Union High School, first place; Audrey Dae Bush’s “Helmet,” Washington High School, second place; and Emeline Heimos’ “Feathers,” Washington High School, third place.

Creative Nonfiction

Audrey Dae Bush’s “The Road,” Washington High School, first place; Taylor Baker’s “Christmas Morning,” Washington High School, second place; and Victoria Simpson’s “Deafening Silence,” Union High School, third place.