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"Thorns That Hold Me Back" by Amber Aguilera

“Thorns That Hold Me Back,” pastel, by Amber Aguilera,” first place

Lake County High School students, CMC students and staff, and community members are among the winners in this year’s Common Reader art and creative writing contest through Colorado Mountain College.

CMC’s most recent Common Reader book selection, “Fig” by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, served as the inspiration for the annual contest. College students, faculty and community members read the book together, and the author visited several campuses to discuss “Fig,” a portrayal of a young woman’s often-difficult childhood.

"The Darkness Within" by Destiny Smith

“The Darkness Within,” acrylic paint, by Destiny Smith, second place

Lake County High School students took all three top awards in the art category. Amber Aguilera won first place for her work, “Thorns That Hold Me Back.” Destiny Smith’s “The Darkness Within” took second place and Karina Olave won third place for “Life After Death.”

“Life After Death" by Karina Olave

“Life After Death,” by Karina Olave, third place

Creative writing awards went to a CMC Steamboat Springs student who took first place for her work, “Lou Is Hungry,” followed by “Making Meaning Through Disorientation” by Jamie Kruis, who is a CMC employee based in Glenwood Springs. Bianca Godina of Rifle won third place for “Forgive and Forget Kid.”

Colorado Mountain College is currently selecting a new book for the 2019 Common Reader group read, which will again feature an art and creative writing competition.