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Prairie Voices wins first place award; five students win individual awards

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 22, 2017

The 2017 edition of Prairie Voices, the College of Lake County’s literary arts magazine, has won first place (central division) in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest. CLC’s magazine also won first place in 2016 and 2014.

Cover of 2017 Prairie VoicesIn addition, five CLC students’ work received awards. Photography: Ronald Ballok (Waukegan) won first place, and Christiane Laskowski (Lake Zurich) finished second. Painting: Andrés Vences (Waukegan) received third place. Essay: Rachel Seidner (Libertyville) finished third for “Cuba’s Jews,” and Daniel Henreckson (Mundelein) received an honorable mention for “The Galaxy of the Vortex: the World of the Introvert.”

“It is a particular honor to win the first place award three out of the past four years,” said Nicholas Schevera, Ph.D., Prairie Voices editor and professor of English and humanities. “For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremely excited for them. This publication is a joint effort by many people, including the 39 writers and 15 artists who contributed poetry, prose and artwork; the faculty; the staff in Public Relations and Marketing; and Bob Lossmann, art editor.”

CLC students interested in being published in next year’s edition should submit writing to Dr. Schevera and artwork to Bob Lossmann by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Schevera at or (847) 543-2959.

Copies of Prairie Voices are available for purchase in the CLC bookstore for $10.