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SBCC Names Student-area Winners
updated: Mar 03, 2014, 3:25 PM
Thirty Santa Barbara-area college and high school students were honored as
winners of a Santa Barbara City College Great Books Curriculum awards luncheon
at SBCC last month.
Building on the success of the last two years, invitations were extended to
students at SBCC and three area high schools to interpret the great play
Antigone by Sophocles in the categories of expository writing, creative writing
or visual arts.
Last fall, more than 1,000 copies of the play were distributed to students at
Alta Vista Middle College (a collaboration between Alta Vista Alternative High
School and SBCC), Carpinteria High School, SBCC, and Santa Barbara High School.
To increase their exposure to the play's themes, students had the opportunity to
attend in-class workshops and lectures and view scenes performed by local actors
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, SBCC, and each of the participating high
More than 200 entries for the competition, which was funded by the
Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation, were submitted with 30 winners
SBCC is only one of six community colleges in the nation to offer a Great Books
Curriculum. Each semester more than 900 students take at least one course which
exposes them to the literary canon of the world's greatest literature,
thematically linked to works by more contemporary writers. Approximately 20 to
25 faculty teach classes focusing on Great Books through reading, study skills,
composition, critical thinking, philosophy, world religion, politics, drama,
literature and poetry.
"The Great Books Curriculum features enduring works of literature," said Celeste
Barber, SBCC instructor of English Composition and Literature and Great Books
"We are tremendously grateful to the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation
for providing the funding that has allowed us to introduce local students to the
world of Great Books and to our wonderful campus through this contest."
Thirty students from Alta Vista Middle College, Carpinteria High School, Santa
Barbara City College and Santa Barbara High School, were named winners in the
SBCC's Great Books Curriculum contest. Pictured are: (front row, left to right)
Katherine Nixon (SBCC), Jenai Howard (SBCC), Stephanie Ramirez (SBCC), Jenna
Madden (CHS), Kristina Burch (CHS), Erin Durflinger (CHS), Jordyn Morente (CHS),
Karina Hernandez (CHS), Claire Lindstrom (SBHS), Bubby Vernon (SBHS), Tessa
Kriegman (SBHS), and Celeste Barber, SBCC Great Books Curriculum Coordinator
(back row, left to right) Aaron Wilson (SBCC), Taliesin Tyndall (SBCC), Katie
Rice (AVMC), Meg Leach (AVMC), Haley Powell (AVMC), Brooke Hymer (CHS), Alicia
Alcasas (AVMC), Faith Ellington Baker (AVMC), Rudy Beltran (CHS), Tess
Francavilla (SBHS) and Cece Campos (SBHS).
Not pictured: Elena Salcido (SBCC), Madeleine Greenbaum (AVMC), Zoe Brock
(AVMC), Lily Woodbury (AVMC), Bailey Dare Chaconas (AVMC), Joel Vences (CHS),
Teralyn Butler (CHS), and Sophie Haber (SBHS).
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