Moraine Valley Community College student Luis Jimenez won first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference writing competition and at the National Student Literary Competition. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 19, 2013 6:03AM
Moraine Valley Community College student Luis Jimenez, of Chicago, recently earned first place in the National Student Literary Competition from the League for Innovation in the Community College for his one-act play “Chessman Cometh.”
Jimenez also earned first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference competition.
The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization that develops resources, leads initiatives, hosts conferences, conducts research and aims to improve community colleges.
Moraine Valley is a board member of the league. Every year students are invited to participate in the Student Literary Competition, which pits them against their peers across the country. It also showcases some of the best literary work from community college students in the country.
Jimenez entered his piece among 63 literary works from students at league board colleges. The categories at the competition included one-act play, fiction, poetry and essay.
After being encouraged in a writing class to enter the competition, Jimenez used his love of theater and surrealism to write his one-act play.
“I’d never written a play before. I had only read classic plays in class. When it came to the story theme, I always wanted to write about chess because I’m a fan of thinking games,” he said. “My theater classes helped me write it, and my great teachers helped me edit.”
Winning first place at the national level was unexpected for Jimenez, who hopes to continue his studies in secondary education.
“I was very honored, shocked and happy because I never expected this to happen,” Jimenez said. “When I was told about the national competition, I didn’t think I’d win because I was up against writers from across the country. I was just going to be happy with an honorable mention.”