2022-23 League for Innovation Student Art Competition and Student Literary Contest Awards

May 16, 2023

The League for Innovation in the Community College—an international consortium of colleges across the United States and Canada—annually 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. Each year, Seattle Colleges hosts local districtwide competitions from which students advance to the international level.

Student Art Competition

Jurors from North Seattle, Seattle Central, and South Seattle Colleges convene and select five students to represent the Seattle Colleges District from the submissions received. 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 Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. 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

  • “Toolbox” oil on canvas by Monica Salazar, North Seattle College

Second Place

  • “Adorned” acrylic on canvas by Deycha Robinson, Seattle Central College

Third Place

  • “El árbol de la vida (Tree of life)” ceramics (clay and acrylic) by Anai Velazquez, South Seattle College

Juror’s Choice

  • “Ebb and Flow” earthenware and glaze by Beaux Ward-Steinman, North Seattle College
  • “With Papou” monotype by Chloe Rotenberg, North Seattle College

Honorable Mention

  • “Moral Intentions of the Unwell” acrylic on canvas by Ian Crist, Seattle Central College
  • “My girlfriend and I” oil on canvas by Crystal Byrd, Seattle Central College
  • “essence” Adobe Photoshop, Canon 90D by Liliana Gutierrez-Pino, North Seattle College
  • “Self Portrait” oil on canvas by Jalynn Guzman, North Seattle College
  • “Knowledge Factory” linoleum block print, ink on paper by Sally Hoy, North Seattle College
  • “The Invitation” charcoal on paper by Kelsey Long, North Seattle College
  • “Nesting Vase” ceramics by Elliot Palmer, North Seattle College

View the Artwork

The faculty coordinators and jurors – Philippe Hyojung Kim, Seattle Central College; Emily Gherard, North Seattle College; and Amiko Matsuo, South Seattle College – want to thank everyone who submitted works.

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 Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Awards at the international level are $500, $250, and $100, plus publication in an anthology booklet.

In the past 14 years, Seattle Colleges has fielded 13 first-place awards at the international level. These achievements are significant considering the level of competition.

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


First Place: “Graveyard House” by Egan Norton, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention: “Sitting Pretty” by Dylan Nicole Hansen, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention: “The Lovers” by Amira Levine, Seattle Central College


First Place: “Girls Only” by Eryn Sallee, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention: “The Last Time I Spoke to My Father” by Kareena Lauer, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention: “Prosaic” by Kaleb Trunnell, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention: “Release: 2013 (2023)” by Callaghan Crook, Seattle Central College


First Place: “sour plums with salt” by Elahe Zare, South Seattle College
Honorable Mention: “Museum” by Zoe Bricker, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention: “Dish Pit” by Josephine Chevalier, Seattle Central College

One-Act Play

No Award

Read the Literary Works

The faculty judges – Matthew Hitchman, South Seattle College; Gregory November, North Seattle College; and Jeb Wyman, Seattle Central College – want to thank everyone who submitted entries.


Awards Reception

League of Innovation Student Awards Reception
When: Wednesday, May 31, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Immediately following the reception, there will be a literary reading from the student awardees until 3 p.m.


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