Student literary and art award winners named

July 7, 2022 | San Diego Community College District

Five students from the San Diego Community College District were recognized in the 2021-22 International Student Literary and Art awards hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Gimi Willie portrait photo
Gimi Willie, "No One to Hear My Name"

The League’s 2021-22 International Student Literary Awards was hosted by Moraine Valley Community College and included 50 literary works from students at 14 League board colleges. The winners are as follows:

Personal Essay

  • First Place: Madison Wen-Ji Duong, Dallas College, “The MRIs”
  • Second Place: Gimi Willie, San Diego Mesa College, “No One to Hear My Name"
  • Third Place: Justine Alfano, Monroe Community College, “A Single Spark”



Tianyu Yao portrait photo
Tianyu Yao, "Stolen Sun"

Fictional Short Story

  • First Place: Sarah Wheeler, Seattle Colleges, “Motherhood"
  • Second Place: Tianyu Yao, San Diego Mesa College, “Stolen Sun"
  •  Third Place: Persephone Pilbosian, “Armenian Baklava, Five Ways," Maricopa Community Colleges





Bridgette Roberson portrait photo
Bridgette Roberson, "The Reprise"

One-Act Play

  • First Place: Bridgette Roberson, San Diego City College, “The Reprise"
  • Second Place: Antonio Castellanos, Maricopa Community Colleges, “Tortilla en Boston"
  • Third Place: Elysee Mushengezi, Kirkwood Community College, “Ukabila"






  • First Place: Clarissa Perez, Seattle Colleges, “Golden Flesh”
  • Second Place: David Oehlers, Sinclair Community College, “Meditation at a Railroad Crossing"
  • Third Place: Julian Parayno-Stoll, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, “Sugarcane cavity"


Self-Portrait With Horned Toad and Raven
Self-Portrait With Horned Toad and Raven - Mattaia Willie

The League’s 2021-22 International Student Art Awards was hosted by Dallas College and included 74 works of art from students at 16 League board colleges. The winners are as follows:

  • Best in Show: Mattaia Willie, San Diego City College, “Self-Portrait With Horned Toad and Raven.” 
  • Second Place: Nada Bayazid, Johnson County Community College, “Veils.”
  • Third Place: Melissa Wolf, Johnson County Community College, “Attachment of Power and Lasting Unity Between Entities.”





An image of a tooth
The Pursuit of Perfect Teeth - Dustin Carroll

Juror’s Choice 

  • Aistè Rye Manfredini, Seattle Central College, “I Rise.” 
  • Dustin Carroll, San Diego City College, “The Pursuit of Perfect Teeth.”
  • Melinda Komuves, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Each student who competed at the international level will receive a certificate of merit. Winners also receive prizes according to their placement. A catalog showcasing the student artwork and a literary anthology are being produced and will be mailed to League Board presidents/chancellors in the fall.

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