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International students honored in statewide writing, art contest

original watercolor by Ayaka NiwaseInternational students from Ami Christensen's "Advanced Academic Writing" (ESL305) course  recently participated in the 2015 WITESOL Writing and Art Contest — a statewide contest of the Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages professional organization. The theme for this year's contest was "Being bilingual/bicultural is important to me because ... "

Yanxing Wu from China won first place in the adult/college category for her essay, "Roots and Wings"; Jiayue (Zoe) Duan, also from China, won second place for her essay, "On the Way"; and Ayaka Niwase, an exchange student from Hyogo University in Japan won first place for her original watercolor piece, shown above.

Each student will receive a certificate, book of winning entries and a small cash prize at the department of languages awards banquet. For more information, contact Ami Christensen, associate lecturer in ESL, at 715-836-2614 or christa@uwec.edu.