Twenty-three Yonkers high school students will have an opportunity to read from their original writing at an awards program at Sarah Lawrence College at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 16. The students are being recognized for their Fulbright Association-sponsored participation in a week-long writing workshop held at the College in July. The awards program takes place during International Education Week.
To win places in the workshop, students in the six Yonkers public high schools, as well as Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, submitted written pieces on themes of diversity, conflict resolution, and global issues. The week at Sarah Lawrence brought them together with other students from the New York metropolitan area, South Carolina, Missouri and California to spend an intensive week writing, discussing their work with their teachers and peers, and learning theatre techniques to help them find their voices.
“Finding one’s voice is key to improving one’s ability to write,” said Alexandra Soiseth, workshop coordinator. “Good writing is essential to communicating about the things that matter.”
During the week-long program, the students were addressed by six Fulbright Scholars studying in the U.S. from different countries around the world.
Addressing the students at the event on November 16 in the Donnelley Lecture Hall of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center on campus will be Montzerrat Contreras Robles, choreographer and performer and a Fulbright Scholar in 2006 from Mexico. Robles is a graduate of the dance conservatory at the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico, ESMD CONCULTA-INBA and obtained her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. She received her MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. As a choreographer and performer, Robles has developed dance projects in her home country of Mexico as well as in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, England, and the United States. She is currently working with renowned artist (and Sarah Lawrence College alumna) Meredith Monk.
The November 16 awards program recognizes the work of the 23 students from Yonkers, along with their teachers.
The following students will be recognized:
Gorton High School: Desireé Khan, Gifty G. Addo, Priscilla Piña
Lincoln High School: Ingrid Morales, Michelle Del Rosario
Palisades Preparatory School: Paola Hidalgo, Kaitlynn Marrero, Ashley Vera, Felicia Lugo
Roosevelt High School: Tiffany Bailey, Samantha Schechter, Ashlee Delgado
Saunders Trades and Technical High School: Naajidah Correll, Jeanette Ortiz-Torres, Harmony Thompson, Chloé Jones
Sacred Heart: Amanda Alegria, Joshua Steinberg, Nicholas Berrios
Yonkers International Baccalaureate High School: Jamihla Fergus, Rik Nikko Marata, Monique Rose, Nimmi Varghese
For more information about the High School Writers Workshop or about the November 16 event please call (914) 395-2412.