2021-22 League for Innovation Student Literary Contest and Student Art Competition Awards

May 19, 2022

Each year, the League for Innovation—an international consortium of colleges across the United States and Canada—hosts both a student literary contest and a student art competition. Seattle Colleges is proud to be one of the founding members of the League. We host local districtwide competitions from which our students advance to the final levels.

Student Literary Contest

Local award winners receive a certificate suitable for framing and a cash prize ($100 for first place, $50 for honorable mention). Entries awarded first-place at the local level are forwarded on to the international contest, hosted this year by Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. Seattle Colleges will host next year. Awards at the international level are $500, $250, and $100, plus publication in an anthology.

In the past 13 years, Seattle Colleges has fielded 11 first-place awards at the international level, and in two of the last nine years, two national awards have come from Seattle Colleges.

Congratulations to this year’s Student Literary Contest awardees. First place awards move on to international competition.


  • First Place: “Motherhood” by Sarah Wheeler, Seattle Central College
  • Honorable Mention: “Flows Like Water” by Odin Kushnick, North Seattle College

One-Act Play

  • First Place: “Death’s Door” by Mulch Morwell, Seattle Central College

Personal Essay

  • First Place: “Playing Possession” by Jules Vanselow, Seattle Central College
  • Honorable Mention: “A Lesson in Humility” by Hannah Hill, South Seattle College


  • First Place: “Golden Flesh” by Clarissa Perez, Seattle Central College
  • Honorable Mention: “Come Back By” by Amanda Guzman, South Seattle College
  • Honorable Mention: “Working in the Endless Disaster” by Maya Pearson, Seattle Central College
  • Honorable Mention: “Drawn by the Sky” by Salina Tedesse, North Seattle College

The faculty judges, Matthew Hitchman, South Seattle College; Greg November, North Seattle College; and Jeb Wyman, Seattle Central College, want to thank all students who submitted entries.

Student Art Competition

Each year, jurors from North Seattle, Seattle Central, and South Seattle Colleges convene and select five students to represent Seattle Colleges. The award winners of the local contest receive a cash prize (Best of Show $150, Second Place $100, Third Place $80, Juror's Choice Awards $70, Honorable Mentions $50) and move on to compete at the international level, hosted this year by Dallas College in Dallas, Texas. Winners at the international level receive cash prizes of $800, $350, $200, and $100, respectively, a certificate of merit, and publication in the League's Student Art Competition journal. 

Congratulations to this year’s Student Art Competition awardees. The following five students will move on to the international competition. 

Best in Show

  • “Wash Up” cast plaster hand, Ivory bar soap, and electrical wire by Emma Saltzberg, North Seattle College

Second Place

  • “The Silent Guardians” digital illustration by Duong Cam Vu (Kamy Vu), Seattle Central College

Third Place

  • “I Rise” acrylic on canvas by Aistė Rye Manfredini, Seattle Central College

Juror’s Choice

  • “Scovare Ring” brass, sterling silver, black onyx by Francesca Andreis, North Seattle College
  • “Representation” charcoal on paper by Noelle Branstetter, North Seattle College

Honorable Mention

  • “Parallel Faces” ceramics by Claire Awe, North Seattle College
  • “Hatching” sculpt-a -mold, fiber, painting, branches, plaster by Ping Lei, North Seattle College
  • “Punk’n” color pencil on paper by Mulch Morwell, Seattle Central College
  • “Alice in Wonderland” digital collage by Tracy Nestor, South Seattle College
  • “Self-Portrait” oil on canvas paper by Laura C. Newton, North Seattle College
  • “Do what you love” black pastels, charcoal pencil, vine, white conte by Aleksandra Stankiewicz, North Seattle College
  • “Earshot Jazz” digital collage by Nat Zhang, South Seattle College

The faculty coordinators and jurors, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Seattle Central College; Emily Gherard, North Seattle College; and Thomas Everett Green, South Seattle College, want to thank all students who submitted works. 


For a list of previous award recipients, follow the links below: