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Student’s ‘Bad Call’ makes ‘Good Read’


As part of the YWCA and Knox County Public Library’s month-long program, “The Big Read,” adults and high school students were invited to participate in a community-wide essay contest.

Sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, essay participants were asked to describe or discuss an incident of intolerance in 250 words or less.

More than 50 high school student essays were submitted in the student category, and Webb School of Knoxville freshman Ian Kline won Honorable Mention and a $50 prize for his entry, “A Bad Call.”

West High School freshman Alye Whyte took home the first-place prize.

Knoxville was one of 117 communities selected to participate in “The Big Read,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. YWCA, partnering with Knox County Public Library, won an NEA grant to feature “To Kill A Mockingbird” in a community-wide dialogue.

The goal was two-fold: encourage readers to experience a literary classic and explore racial and social justice withinin the community.

It featured numerous events, presentations, book discussions and lectures from guest speakers, including Charles Shields, author of “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.”

Shields came to the Webb campus to speak about the book with Webb freshmen Thursday, Oct. 4.

 

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