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Collin College Students Take Top Slots In Poetry Contest

April 1, 2008 - Two Collin College students are now award-winning poets.

Christina Sharp and Lisa Marie LeGrand, both of Richardson, were named first and second place, respectively, in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) state poetry competition. Sharp's and LeGrand's poems will be submitted for the national competition in April.

The poems stemmed from the activities of National Career Development Month hosted by the college's Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience Department in November. In cooperation with Collin's English Department, 47 poems were submitted by Collin College students and 16 were submitted for state competition.

Sharp's poem "Your Choice, Your Voice" and LeGrand's "Uneven Steps" will be forwarded to national competition.

"I was deeply honored," Sharp, 25, said. "To have even been considered was such an honor, let alone ranking first place among so many wonderfully talented submissions. The written word is so powerful and I can't express how happy I am that there are contests out there just like this that encourage students to be creative."

LeGrand, 45, had been writing poetry since she was a teenager.

"I was excited and happy that someone recognized my work and that I can write," she said. "The judges understood what I was trying to say."

The NCDA's mission is to support career preparation for high school and college students.

Collin College serves about 44,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.