Waukegan, IL — On Thursday, April 21, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) will host its 6th Annual Community Connection Poetry Prose Competition Awards Night. The event will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Waukegan Ramada Inn, 200 Green Bay Road, in Waukegan. It is open to the public. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Dulce Ortiz from the Lake County Latino Coalition and Hon. Marc Jones, Waukegan Park District Commissioner, will emcee the night’s proceedings.
More than 200 high school students from Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion submitted poems and short prose about this year’s theme—”Justice.” Volunteer judges, themselves published poets, will select first, second, and third place award winners in poetry and prose categories, as well as three entries for honorable mention for each type of writing. First place winners will receive $150, second place $100, and third place $50.
On Awards Night, every student who has submitted a poem, story, or essay will be invited to read his or her work aloud. Judges will read their own original works, too.
Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that works to elect Democrats at all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, but also believes that politics is about more than just winning elections.
For more information, or to volunteer to help out, RSVP at www.tenthdems.org/poetry, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).