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Two ESL students place in the WITESOL Writing Contest

WITESOL is the professional organization for Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Each year there are writing and art contests and this year’s theme asked students, “What does the world need more of?” Two of Dr. Emilia Oswalt's students placed in the adult writing category of this year's contest. Congratulations to Ziyu Li who placed first and Qi Deng who placed third!

Below are the winning entries: 

Writer: Li Zui    1st Prize winner among WI adult ESL learners

The World Needs a Hero



Relentless people,

People who sit on the sidewalks.



Bitter tears,

Tears seeking help,

No one is really tearing.




Hands regardless of color,

Hands which help people.



The human world,

The dark sad world,

The world is waiting for the hero!


2. No one Knows What the World Needs

Lovely Earth, please tell me what the world needs:

Can your bullet marks be recovered?

Steady Sea, please tell me what the world needs:

Can your children be safely traveling?

Endless Sky, please tell me what the world needs:

Can I see you again in the future?


I do not know what the world needs,

But YOU know the needs of the World.


Writer: Deng Qi (Kyen)    3rd Prize winner among WI adult ESL learners

The World Needs More Love

What is love?
Love is a light,
Illuminating the road we go.
Do not lose the direction.

What is love?
Love is a stream,
That moistens our heart
Be absorbed by it.

What is love?
Love is a song,
Like a honey word
That's enjoyed.

Because of love,
The bird finds its wings,
The baby has its parents.

Because of love,
The flowers get pollen,
The grass grows high.

Because of love,
People get strong hands,
The create a better world.


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