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COC sponsors 'The Kite Runner' essay competition

Open to SCV high school students

Posted: February 18, 2009 5:40 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2009 2:41 p.m.
Santa Clarita Valley high school students have a very good reason to attend the Literature to Life presentation of "The Kite Runner" on Feb. 22, 2009 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons: They'll be eligible to enter an essay contest based on the novel and the presentation.

Sponsored by College of the Canyons and the PAC, the essay contest's prizes are $250 for first place and $150 and $100 for second and third place, respectively.

In 800 words or less, students must make a comparison between the performance and Khalid Hosseini's novel and identify how the performance conveys the author's purpose and preserves the story's literary elements.

"The combined opportunity to read ‘The Kite Runner' and to experience this stunning one-man performance allows students interested in combining literature and theatre to gain a broad understanding of these two related areas of academic interest," said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at the college.

Students must attach their ticket stub to their essay and submit their entry to their English teacher by March 13.

The winning entries will be announced on March 27.

For more information about the essay competition and submission guidelines, e-mail Mary Ferguson at or call 661-259-7800 ext. 21064.

"The Kite Runner"-the College of the Canyons Book of the Year-is the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English. The PAC performance dramatically portrays the relationship of two boys -- Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and Hassan, a Hazara servant amidst the tumultuous 1970s in Afghanistan.

The one-man performance will give students a new form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books by creating an atmosphere that can lead to discovery and spark the imagination.

The Literature to Life presentation of "The Kite Runner" is made possible by a special arrangement with The American Place Theatre.

For tickets to the PAC performance, visit


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