Berks students awarded in Spanish poetry-writing contest

Three Penn State Berks students received awards in the third annual Spanish poetry-writing contest sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Center of Lancaster (LACC). Students from Lancaster, Reading, and Harrisburg in grades 6-8, 9-12, and university undergraduates wrote original poems in Spanish honoring mothers. Penn State Berks captured the top three prizes in the university category.

The university winners all study Spanish at Penn State Berks. They include sophomore Keanniry Fernández who won first place with La Reflexión; sophomore Callista Miller who came in second with Una Madre; Vale Más que Rubíes, and junior Melissa Fiato who placed third with Una madre es un Diamante. The first place poem in each category will be read on WLCH Radio Centro in May, and published in local newspapers, magazines, and in the booklet for fourth annual Latin American Festival to be held at Binn?s Park in Lancaster on September 11, 2016.

Prizes will be awarded in a reception on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at The Candy Factory, 342 North Queen Street (rear), Lancaster. This contest is one of many cultural events that LACC offers to promote and maintain the rich Latin American heritage and culture of South Central PA.

For more information, contact Donna Chambers, Lecturer in Spanish at Penn State Berks, at 610-396-6332 or via email at [email protected].