Three Students laugh as they hold their awards

College celebrates new edition of longest-running, student-led literary and arts magazine in Michigan

PORT HURON – St. Clair County Community College students recently were recognized for their role in publishing the 60th edition of Patterns magazine, Michigan’s oldest literary and arts publication aimed at showcasing student talent and works of art.

Patterns is completely designed, proofed and published by St. Clair County Community College students. Students Tara VanConant, Noah Muxlow and Sue Grenstiner comprised the design team, while students Tabitha Flitton and Breanna Sylvia served as clerical assistants. Faculty members Sarah Flatter and Jim Frank provided support to the students.

 

Tara VanConant holds her Patrick Bourke Award.
Tara VanConant, of Peck, received the Patrick Bourke Award. This award goes to an art or design student who had made a commitment to pursue an advanced degree in one of the visual arts disciplines and been an advocate and emissary for art at St. Clair County Community College.

 

“By having the opportunity to help design this magazine, it has helped me grow professionally and challenged me creatively,” said Tara VanConant, sophomore winner of the Patrick Bourke Award and designer of Patterns. “I am grateful for the kind words and support of the faculty after the magazine was complete because it isn’t enough to just make the magazine, but to have someone recognize it is what makes it all worthwhile.”

Awards were given to students during an awards ceremony and reception on April 26, in the college’s Fine Arts Theatre.

The following students received awards:

Literature

A student holds her award
Allison Stein, of Harbor Beach, holds her Richard Colwell Award for her short story, Lullaby. She also won the Eleanor Mathews award for “outstanding creativity, technical skill, and indivual style.”
  • Eleanor Mathews Award, writing — Allison Stein, of Harbor Beach
  • Blanche Redman Award, poetry — Lauren Senkmajer, of Fort Gratiot, for “We’ll Have our own Place one day but for Now”
  • Second-place poem — Allison Stein, of Harbor Beach, for “Perhaps”
  • Third-place poem — Madeline Pittiglio, of Algonac, for “Five Months”
  • Richard Colwell Award, short story — Allison Stein, of Harbor Beach, for “Lullaby”
  • Second-place short story — Kerrie Sparling, of Clyde Township, for “Elsewhere”
  • Third-place short story — Autumn Rockefeller, of Sandusky, for “Smoke for Mom”

Art

  • Patrick Bourke Award, art — Tara VanConant, of Peck
  • First-place visual art — Samantha Shovan, of Port Huron, for “Mehrutu Piece”
  • Second-place art — Lauren Senkmajer, of Fort Gratiot, for “Cervidae”
  • Third-place art — Stephon Burrell, of Port Huron, for “Illusional Holes”

Merit awards also were provided to students for having their work chosen for inclusion in Patterns.

Literary Selections of Merit

  • Gabrielle Borneman, of Marine City
  • Alexa Dudley, of Port Huron
  • Emma Falls, of Emmett
  • Katie Flenna, of Algonac
  • Savanna Grewe, of Allenton
  • Liam McLeod, of East China
  • David Miller, of Burtchville Township
  • Emily Newby, of Kimball Township
  • Autumn Rockefeller, of Sandusky
  • Erica Shkembi, of Kimball Township
  • Haily Stager, of Port Huron
  • Allison Stein, of Harbor Beach
  • Mackenzie Visga, of Kimball Township
  • Brooklyn Wagner, of Port Huron
  • Eilish Warner, of Melvin
  • Nick Wilson, of Columbus Township

Arts Selections of Merit

  • Amber Churchill, of Port Huron
  • Amber Cline, of North Street
  • Michelle Cline, of Port Huron
  • Michael Hinkley, of Clay Township
  • Brenda Kasten, of Avoca
  • Joella Killion, of Clyde Township
  • Kimberly Kinert-Friederichs, of Burtchville Township
  • Petra Leonard, of Clyde Township
  • Sabrina Mason, of Clyde Township
  • Kay-Lynn Pack, of Port Huron
  • Cody Paris, of Lexington
  • Lauren Senkmajer, of Fort Gratiot
  • Jacob Sexton, of Port Huron

Production of Patterns and the Patterns ceremony was made possible by financial support from St. Clair County Community College and SC4 Friends of the Arts. The magazine is available at sc4.edu/patterns.

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