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The City of South Bend Announces Halina Poetry Prize Page 1 of 2 <br /> � v%• 'Building a 21St Century City " <br /> ' rs Stephen J. Luecke, Mayor <br /> RELEASE FROM: FOR RELEASE: <br /> OFFICE OF MAYOR LUECKE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2005 <br /> The City of South Bend Announces Halina Poetry Prize <br /> The City of South Bend is pleased to announce that the first annual Halina Poetry Prize will be presented by <br /> Mayor Stephen J. Luecke at his State of the City Address on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in Century <br /> Center's Recital Hall. The Halina Poetry Prize, a poetry contest for high school students, was designed to <br /> showcase area student's literary talent and to honor South Bend's Sister City, Czestochowa, Poland. <br /> "The Halina Poetry Prize gives high school students from public, parochial and private schools an opportunity to <br /> express themselves and be recognized for their outstanding skills," stated Mayor Luecke. "The contest will also <br /> help build and strengthen the connection area youth feel to our Sister City, Czestochowa. It is through <br /> international relations like these that cities can build social, economic, and cultural ties that link individuals <br /> across thousands of miles, and help us peacefully to embrace our differences" <br /> A total of 244 entries were received from students representing seven South Bend high schools including <br /> Adams, Clay, Riley, Washington, Community Baptist Christian School, Trinity School at Greenlawn, and Rabbi <br /> Naftali Riff Yeshiva. A committee of community members anonymously judged the entries and selected a first <br /> place winner and two honorable mentions in each category, grades 9-10 and 11-12. The Halina Poetry Prize <br /> will be awarded to one of the first place winners. Each first place winner will receive $300 and honorable <br /> mention award winners will receive $100. The top 20 poems in each age category have also been selected for <br /> inclusion in the 2005 Halina Poetry Prize Chapbook. <br /> The City of South Bend would like to thank the sponsors of the Halina Poetry Prize 2004-2005 contest for their <br /> generosity. Sponsors include the University of Notre Dame Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Indiana <br /> University South Bend International Programs Fund, The Public Education Foundation, Chopin Fine Arts Club <br /> and Erasmus Books. <br /> Since its inception in 1957 by President Eisenhower, the Sister City program has furthered international <br /> understanding and cooperation. Czestochowa has been South Bend's Sister City since 1992 when former <br /> Mayor Joe Kernan established the relationship after a visit to Eastern Europe. Mayor Kernan continued to <br /> strengthen this program throughout his tenure as mayor. Mayor Luecke has done the same and has visited our <br /> Sister City with representatives from our community. Czestochowa has also sent delegations to South Bend as <br /> recent as the summer of 2004. <br /> The Halina Poetry Prize was named in honor of Halina Poswiatowska who was born in Czestochowa on May 9, <br /> 1935. She wrote poetry from a very young age and published three volumes before her untimely death at the <br /> age of 32. Her poetry is still highly regarded in Poland. <br /> The Halina Poetry Prize Committee Chair is Dr. Gabrielle Robinson, IUSB International Programs, and <br /> members include Mike Amato, "No Exit' magazine, Nancy Botkin, IUSB English Department, Conrad Damian, <br /> Washington High School, Jacquee Dickey, Representative of Studio Art Classes, Howard Dukes, South Bend <br /> Tribune, Mary Sue Freitag, Chopin Fine Arts Club, Bonny Hoover, Clay High School, Patricia Jones, South <br /> 2005/011505 halina.htm 1/13/2006 <br />