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4 <br /> ti <br /> Vol <br /> U d <br /> W PEACE a <br /> r aZ <br /> r� c <br /> 1865 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> Monday, April 16, 2007 <br /> 4:30pm <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications&Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> P Annual Halina Poetry Competition Underway <br /> The submissions are in and the judges are hard at work as the third annual Halina <br /> Poetry Prize contest moves into its second phase. <br /> "A hundred and thirty students from South Bend submitted their poetry to the <br /> competition this year," reported Professor Dave Stefancic, Chair of the 2007 Halina <br /> Poetry Prize Committee. Judges must now go through the process of reviewing each <br /> piece and selecting the winners. The poetry competition results are set to be announced <br /> at the beginning of May. <br /> The Halina Poetry Prize, a poetry contest for South Bend high school students, is <br /> designed to showcase area students' literary talent and to honor South Bend's Sister City, <br /> Czestochowa, Poland. The competition is open, every year, to South Bend students, <br /> grades 9-12. <br /> "The Halina Prize gives high school students the opportunity, through poetry, to <br /> explore the common human experience that exists even in different cultures," stated <br /> Mayor Luecke. "The contest helps us recognize the outstanding skills of our youth, while <br /> we build ties of understanding across social, cultural, and national boundaries." <br />