IVC hosts annual English Challenge for local schools

March 29, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

Imperial Valley College was host to the annual English Challenge for local high school students Wednesday.

The two-part program consists of a writing competition and a festival, during which the winners of the writing competition are awarded and the IVC Foundation's English scholarship recipients are announced.

Coordinated by the English division of IVC, the English Challenge has been an annual event since 1984.

"We want students to see what the IVC English division has to offer," said Kathleen Dorantes, an IVC English instructor.

During the writing competition, students write essays, short fiction and poetry.

English as a second language students in the English Challenge are tested on their abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The festival consists of an authors' forum and a language "Jeopardy" contest.

Authors Jennifer Redmond, Russel Redmond, Choral Pepper and Graham Mackintosh were the speakers Wednesday.

"It was very well-received," said Fred Fischer, English division chair. "The authors gave a most interesting presentation and the students really responded well."


"I think they profited from the advice and were entertained by it," said Fischer.

Awarded to high school seniors who will be attending IVC in the fall, the foundation's English scholarships were presented to the seven recipients.

"We are looking for those who are interested in language arts," said Fischer, adding students must take one English course per semester to keep their scholarships.

Scholarship recipients were Jose Gerardo of Central Union High School, Steven Hardin and Amy Lopez of Holtville High School, Cristina Perez of Vincent Memorial High School, Eduardo Meza and Adrianna Romero of Brawley Union High School and Jacqueline Stallings of Imperial High School.

The English Challenge was attended by both high school and IVC students.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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