Purple Knights Enhance Creative Writing Skills at UNO
Purple Knights create and critique compelling content as part of UNO’s annual “Class it Up!” The intense writing skills program
held at the university March 5-6 was an invitation-only event for select high school students.
From classic British literature to contemporary African classics, eight St. Augustine High School juniors took a seat in a college classroom and critiqued some of the world’s most treasured fiction and nonfiction works of art as part of “Class it Up!” at UNO. The two-day program introduces high school students to diverse avenues of creative and concise writing on a college level.
The Purple Knights excelled in all of their writing assessments and were thoroughly engaged. “The professors of the classes they sat in and those who spoke to them during lunch all declared them as their favorite students of the day. They were well behaved and contributed in a productive manner. Thank you very much for sending them,” said Katie Chosa, an English instructor at UNO.
Jawara Givens views the experience as a rigorous and rewarding introduction to college life. “I learned a lot of different ways to improve my writing and I can’t wait until we can go to another program like that because it encourages you to go to college,” said Givens. Durrell Jackson, Tyler Foley, Aperecio Wiggins, Zeric Howard, Herbert Patterson, Patrick Smith, Jr., and Homer Robinson, were recommended for the program by St. Augustine’s English III teacher Mrs. Barthelemy.
Photo by Durrell Jackson|Chief Photographer/Editor