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Six Harrison students selected for Converge Fellowship

Six Harrison High School students were selected for the Converge Fellowship, a new initiative that provides a year-long mentorship through collaboration with UCCS, Colorado College, and the Converge Lecture Series.

On May 6, juniors Kelsey Serrano, Rachel Hill, Luz Morales, Ceilani Griffin, Jasmine Chavez, Israel Castanon, and Adrian Ramirez were named Converge Fellows.

The students were recognized at an event featuring poet Richard Blanco hosted by the Converge Lecture Series.

Among Blanco’s achievements are his selection as the inaugural poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 8, 2013; only the fifth person to be named an inaugural poet.

The Converge Lecture Series is a local initiative that brings the nation’s leading poets, authors, and artists to Colorado Springs.

Professors from UCCS and Colorado College will now guide the six students in either Creative Writing or Social Action and Politics for the next year.

The fellowship program also will provide each student with a scholarship upon completion.

Through mid-June, any proceeds from Richard Blanco materials purchased at Poor Richard’s Bookstore (320 N. Tejon) will go toward those scholarships.

Harrison students with Richard Blanco