Dorothea Wingo, kentucky.com
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▪ Joey Michael, a student from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School earned kudos in the 10th annual essay contest sponsored by the German Information Center, a department of the German Embassy in Washington. The rules stated that entries had to be in paragraph form, but then-junior Joey submitted a poem. Rather than toss it out, the embassy staff singled it out as an exceptional piece in a one-time category called “Special Mention.”
“This one stood out above the rest in terms of creativity, and it was obvious a lot of work was put into it. Joey Michael submitted a very creative, well-researched and thought-out poem. It was a great entry, but not an essay. However, for the first time since the contest started, we felt that a non-conforming entry deserved recognition and did just that. We are looking into how to change our rules for next year to allow for such entries,” said Jennifer Clardy Chalmers, senior public diplomacy officer and editor of the “Germany in Class” newsletter.
Students in grades 3-12 are eligible for the contest. New topics are chosen every year, and the entries are judged by German embassy employees. Another Dunbar student, rising sophomore Leni Broady, received honorable mention.