2009 - 2010 Diverse Minds Winners
First Place (Los Angeles)
First Place (Memphis)
Click the cover to read Charlie's Book.
Written by Rachel E. Green, Illustrated by Irene Makapugay
St. Mary’s Episcopal School – Memphis, Tennessee
Rachel E. Green and Irene Makapugay, of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, were selected as the first-place winners of the 2010 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge in Memphis. In addition to the publication and distribution of their book, Megan and Irene will share a $5,000 scholarship, which they will use toward college studies.
Charlie’s Book tells the story of Charlie, a blind boy who participates in show-and-tell at school and explains how he reads with his fingers. A classmate, Jason, insults Charlie for not being able to read with his eyes and is later taught about people’s differences by his teacher. Jason learns an important lesson about diversity in people and befriends Charlie.
Sponsor: The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.
First Place (San Antonio)
To all the students who participated in this year's Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, we thank you for your participation and your time to create such great submissions! We hope you enjoyed the contest and experienced greater insight into the meaning and application of diversity and tolerance.