Magazine, Students Win National Awards - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

Magazine, Students Win National Awards

November 24, 2023

Renaissance, Wayne Community College’s writers’ and artists’ magazine, and its student writers have been recognized by the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) for the seventh consecutive year.

The magazine’s 2023 issue, as well as four student writers, received awards in the association’s annual literary competition for the Southern division.

Renaissance received first place for Best Magazine in the Southern division of the Community College Humanities Association’s annual literary competition, and four student writers placed in the top three for several other categories. Pictured from left to right are the magazine’s editors and WCC English Instructors Dean Tuck, Ashley Merrill, and Jeff Williams.

Renaissance won first place in the Best Magazine category, which is determined based on aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation, and strength of student work.

Student writers who were awarded are:
Emma Padgett – first and second place in the Best Poems category for “Belonging” and “Miss Dolly,” respectively;
Janelle Acavedo-Trejo – first and third place in the Best Short Stories category for “The Break” and “Peach Pit,” respectively;
Katelyn Pyles – second place in the Best Short Stories category for “Sixty Cents in Nickels;” and
Esraa Kanaan – first place in the Best Creative Nonfiction category for “The End of My Childhood.”

WCC English Instructors Jeff Williams, Dean Tuck, and Ashley Merrill are the magazine’s editors.

Magazines compete within their “weight” class determined by college enrollment and magazine funding. Awards for first through third place are given each year within each of five geographical regions and nationally.

The latest volume of Renaissance and previous issues can be found on WCC’s website.

The annual literary magazine competition, which highlights student work from all over the nation, is one of the highlights of the CCHA. The competition reinforces the mission of CCHA to help shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in the humanities.

About the CCHA
The CCHA, founded in 1979, is the only national organization for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to strengthening and growing the humanities in two-year colleges as well as creating awareness of the value of humanities education for students, parents, employers, and members of the community. Since humanities study in higher education is not static, CCHA serves as a catalyst for defining and finding progressive solutions to the many fluid and mutable issues that face community college humanities faculty and administrators.

About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 10,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 240 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.