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Santa Clarita PAC names literary scholarship winners

Posted: April 14, 2009 8:01 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Three local high school students were awarded scholarships today for their performances in the Literature to Life essay contest, sponsored by the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

The winners are Joseph Taylor, first place, $250; Marissa Embola, second place, $150; and Carine Hornbrook, third place, $100. All three scholarship winners came from Saugus High School teacher Jodi Guerrero’s advanced placement (AP) English class.

The contest was open to all students in the William S. Hart Union High School District. But the bulk of the essay submissions came from Guerrero’s class.

Contest organizers called for high school students to submit an essay of 800 words or less that compared and contrasted Khalid Hosseini’s novel, “The Kite Runner,” and the PAC’s presentation of the American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life adaptation of “The Kite Runner,” while also discussing how the live one-man performance enhanced specific elements of the novel.

 “The Kite Runner” — the College of the Canyons Book of the Year — is the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English.


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