Congratulations to the seven Notre Dame students who were awarded in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. The following students were awarded for their poetry, short stories, and personal essays.
Regional Gold Key: Emma Oyakhire for Poetry - Dear Mr. Malcolm X
(Oyakhire's poem Dear Mr. Malcolm X, will go forward into the national competition and could win publication)
Regional Silver Key:
Anna Fedak for her poem, A Sharing of Faith
Lindsay McBride for her personal essay, An Ode to Spring Rolls
Madison Frank - Personal Essay and Memoir category
Charlotte Lignowski - Short Story
Ava Trask - Poetry
Amy White - Poetry
Please enjoy Emma Oyakhire's poem, Dear Mr. Malcolm X:
Dear Mr. Malcolm X
Temples across the country emerged
As you became the spokesperson for the Nation of Islam Seeking the beheading of inequality
Beliefs that separation from the oppressor
and civil rights inhabited a utopia for the Black community Propelled itself to the front of your brain
While others viewed it as a dystopia
Today, they believe that everything is not about race. And they are right, everything is not about race,
but everything is about equality.
Equality for others is not oppression for them.
To be unaware of how race shapes inequality is to consume the fear of being wrong.
Consequently, that fear of being wrong will destroy us all.
You possessed the power of knowing who you are and what you believed in Knowing we can not have freedom peacefully
if the people refuting our freedom are not peaceful
In the presence of today,
Where the violence in your time mirrors the violence in mine,
Is having hope that our voices will one day be heard before it is too late a naive dream? Would you still envision a day our cries will shower
the dream of the oppressor relinquishing the torment of injustice
rather than the oppressed having to demand it?
Do you still believe salaam is possible?
What kept you fighting even when the room went dark?