2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2023 Winners High School Short Story First Place: Olivia Linkous, Princeton Senior High School Short Story Second Place: Mandy Zhang, Princeton Senior High School Pencil Art First place: Olivia Linkous, Princeton Senior High School BSU Poetry: First Place: Jennifer Cook Second Place: Hunter Stroupe Short Story: First place: Abran Jaquez Second place: Sarah E. Cook Personal Essay: First Place: Ariel Hindre Second place: Abran Jaquez Popular Article: First Place: Curtis Hayden Walsh Second Place: Abran Jaquez Art: First place: Aziyah Jackson Second Place: Autumn Dickerson Pencil Art: First place: Donna Bowen Second Place: Darren Crump Photography: First place: William Mills Second place: Sarah E. Cook Sculpture: First place: Destiny Burnette Second place: Sarah E. Cook View Winning Submissions Personal Essay: Ariel Hindre Personal Essay: Abran Jaquez Popular Article: Abran Jaquez Popular Article: Curtis H Walsh Short Story: Abran Jaquez Short Story: Sarah E Cook High School Short: StoryMandy Zhang High School Short Story: Olivia Linkous Art: Aziyah Jackson Art: Autumn Dickerson Pencil Art: Donna Bowen Pencil Art: Darren Crump Photography: William Mills Photography: Sarah E Cook Sculpture: Destiny Burnette Sculpture: Sarah E Cook High School Art: Olivia Linkous AGORA Music Stream 1 AGORA Music Stream 2 Winners are requested to call 304-327-4036 to get their certificates. Judges Carolyn Kirby Scott Pitt Ansel Ponder Carolyn K Jamkhandi Dr. Michael Smith Linda Hoagland Kurt Landefeld Mark Botts 2022 Winners - Humanities Agora High School Poetry First Place:“Martyr of Linen” by Jacob Lawless, Mercer Christian Academy; Second Place: “Hyacinthus” by Brienna Skeens, Montcalm High School High School Short Story: First Place: “In Light of a Storm” by Jacob Lawless, Mercer Christian Academy HS Personal Essays and vignettes: First Place: “A Dark Walk” submitted by Montcalm High School Teacher Stacy Canterbury for student who requested anonymity; HS Personal Essays and vignettes: Second Place: “Where do you want to go?” by Jasmin Mullins, Richlands High School College Poetry: First Place: Collection of Poetry, Bobby Lawrence, BSU; College Poetry: Second Place: “Rest in Peace Humanity” and “Meaning of Life” by Maitreyi Salvi, R. A. Podar College of Commerce (prospective international partner) College Short Story: First Place: “Just a Regular Guy” BSU Fulbright Portuguese Teacher from Brazil; College Short Story: Second Place: “The Photo Album” by Aaron Turner, BSU College Personal Essays and vignettes: First Place: “The Accident” by Aaron Turner, BSU; College Personal Essays and vignettes: Second Place: “I am Black and My Life Matters” by Jade Goodloe, BSU College Art: First Place: Krishna playing the flute by Shivam Sonawane, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India (prospective institutional partner) College Art: Second Place: Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore by Mangesh Sawant, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India (prospective institutional partner) College Photography: First Place: “The Gods have Deserted Us” by Meenakshi Chandrabose, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India (prospective institutional partner); College Photography: Second Place: “It’s Mine, says Fido” by William Mills, BSU College Music: First Place: “For you” by Shanti Sanyasi, BSU College Music: Second Place: “Rock Solo” by Mayan, Katria, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India Writing Winners High School Personal Essay Winners High School Poetry Winners College Personal Essays Winners College Poetry Winners Photography Submissions View Submissions Art Submissions View Submissions Agora First Place winners receive tuition waivers of $500 and Second Place winners receive tuition waivers of $250 that are redeemable when enrolled at Bluefield State College. Agora judges, to whom are owed thanks, included Scott Pitt, Sheilah Sites, Carolyn Kirby, Carolyn Jamkhandi, Dr. MIchael Smith, Kurt Landefeld, Mark Botts, and Linda Hoagland. The Virtual 2022 Agora featuring poetry readings, music performances, winning submissions and honorable mentions for poetry, short stories, personal essays, art, and photography will be available for viewing in June 2022 at https://bluefieldstate.edu/agora. The 2022 virtual Agora is dedicated to the people of Ukraine and will feature music by two Ukrainian musicians, Vera Lytovchenko, a member of Kharkiv’s orchestra, and movie score composer Kostya Leontovich. Submissions were invited from are high school students and students from Bluefield State and its international partner institutions as well as from prospective international partner institutions. Agora, A Celebration of Creative Expression is coordinated by Dr. Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi for BSU’s Humanities Department. For inquiries about Agora, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2021 Winners - Humanities Agora High School Poetry First Place Amethyst Cochran, Princeton Senior High School: "Ode to the Girl in the Back of the Class" First Place Elaine Tinio, Graham High School: "The Thing No One Tells You" Second Place Shraddha Patel, Graham High School: "Change" Personal Essay First Place Daniel Creer, Princeton Senior High School: "How My Sister Helped Get a Life-Saving Treatment Approved" Second Place Melissa Deal, "Love" BSU Poetry First Place Samuel Bauer: A Collection of Haiku Second Place Sarah E Cook: "If I were a Tree" Short Story First Place: Michael Lane First Place: Jesse Poynter Personal Essay First Place: Daniel Hawks First Place: Joshua Keiser Painting First Place: Sarah E Cook Photography First Place: Sarah E Cook Sculpture First Place: Sarah E Cook 2020 Winners - Humanities Agora High School Poetry First Place Haley Brown, Tazewell High School Second Place Breanna Dacanay, Princeton Senior High School Personal Essay First Place Samvat Yadav, Princeton Senior High School Art First Place Breanna Dacanay, Princeton Senior High School Music First Place Chloe Osborne, Richlands High School BSU Poetry First Place Robert Brown Short Story First Place Daniel Hawks Art First Place Natasha Woart Second Place Joseph Jones Photography First Place Sarah E Cook Music First Place Kara Sandy 2019 Winners - Humanities Agora Home Schooled Home schooled Eshaal Khan Poetry Home schooled Eshaal Khan Short Story High School Personal Essays High School Personal Essay Ivana Linkous Plays High School Play Honorable Mention Sydney Haynes Poetry High School Poetry First Place Dayna Lafferty High School Poetry First Place Dayna Lafferty High School Poetry Second Place Hadrian Reeves High School Poetry Second Place India Chahar High School Poetry Second Place India Chahar High School Poetry Second Place India Chahar High School Poetry Second Place Cody Ferguson Short Stories High School Short Story First Place India Chahar High School Short Story Second Place Dylan Sanders High School Short Story Honorable Mention Aaron Turner High School Short Story Honorable Mention Bailee Darago High School Short Story Honorable Mention Kayton Perkins Water Colors High School Water Color First Place Hope Banks Graphite/Pencil High School Graphite/Pencil Sketch First Place Mark Clary Acrylic High School Acrylic First Place Hannah Overstreet College Poetry College poetry First Place Alicia Goodman College poetry First Place Alicia Goodman College poetry First Place Alicia Goodman College Poetry Second Place Kilie Mullins Popular Article College Popular Article First Place Kilie Mullins College Popular Article Second Place Amy Soriano College Popular Article Honorable Mention Nathaniel Evans College Popular Article Michael Lane 2018 Winners - Humanities Agora College Short Story 1st “The Haunted House” by Audrey Williams, Bluefield State College 2nd “Certain Airs” by Emily Coppola, Bluefield State College High School Poetry 1st “You’re Gay!” by LeTrae Wilborn, Princeton Senior High School 2nd “I am not Thalia” by Sydney Haynes, Princeton Senior High School 2nd “Mysterious Holder” by Santanna Toler, Westside High School High School Short Story 1st “That’s Enough” by Letrae Wilborn, Princeton Senior High School 2nd “The Golden Heart” by Madyson Redden, Westside High School 2nd “On Top of the World” by Connor Gibson, Westside High School Middle School Poetry 1st “Neocortex” by Tina Huang, Tazewell Middle School 2nd “Steadily I am falling, yet still I am calling” by Cameron Reed, Tazewell Middle School 2017 Winners - Humanities Agora College Poetry 1st "Brown is just Brown" by Alicia Goodman 2nd "Trapped" and "His Love" by Pamela Steers 3rd "Calling me Mommy" by Brittany Antoine and "The Eternal Need" by Elizabeth Stauffer McGraw College Short Story 1st "The Story of Gildor" by Coty Lilly 2nd "Endearment" by Emily Coppola 3rd "Eloped in Love" by Elizabeth Stauffer McGraw High School Poetry 1st "You Build me a House" by Haven Cochran, Princeton Senior High School 2nd "Mirrors" and "planting and pulling, planting and pulling" by Caramae Totten, Tazewell High School 3rd "Whispers at Dawn" by Sadie Barton, Richlands High School and "Red Cardinal" by Chloe Hatfield, Westside High School Middle School Poetry Honorable Mention: "Treehouse" and "Summer to Fall" by Stephanie Shelton-Pullen, Richlands Middle School High School Short Stories 1st "I am Autistic" by Riley Costello, Westside High School 2nd "Testament of Dreamer" by Trevor Darago, Montcalm High School 3rd "Blue Buries" by Haven Cochran, Princeton Senior High School High School Honorable Mentions for Short Stories "Small Spaces" by Caramae Totten, Tazewell High School "Crave" by Keterra Sergent, Tazewell High School "They Understand" by Katie Elkins, Westside High School "The Following" by Alyssa Davis, Montcalm High School Photography High School Student Winner: Allison Keen, Richlands High School BSU Student Winner: Ayla Mathias BSU Faculty/Staff Winner: Jerry Conner 2016 Winners - Humanities Agora Non-fiction College Dear Darling by Elizabeth Stauffer Numb by Heather Hall Non-fiction High School Void by Corina Surface One-Act Play High School Caramae Totten Short Fiction College Emily Coppola for "Decoding Valencia"Pamela Steers for "The Bertha Experience" Short Fiction High School Haven Cochran for "The Stars Still Shine"LaTrae Wilborn for "It Was Me" Poetry Middle School Winner: Stephanie Shelton-Pullen for "Imagine Poetry High School Carment Totten for "Silence" and "Hazel"Lauryn Eldridge for "Morning Offering" and "Hail Mary" Poetry College Michael Bennett for "We've Helped Shape America"Jerry Perdue for "Mine Games" and "Metronome" BSU Employee Category - Photography Jerry Conner Photography Ayla Mathias Mixed Media High School 1st Place Darcy Taylor 2nd Place Madison Jones Pencil Art High School 1st Place Darin Curtis Ingram Pencil Art College 1st Place David Delida Paintings 1st Place David Delida 2015 Winners - Humanities Agora Non-fiction College Emily Coppola for "Reflections" Poetry High School Jacob Goodman for "Memories" Poetry College Pam Steers for "A Transformation" 2014 Winners - Humanities Agora Non-fiction College Heather Hall for "Kids, Chicks, and Bulls... A Chronicle about the joys of farming" Short Story College Regina Harrison for "In Due Time: Due To Time" Vignette College Audrey Shuff for "The Mountain" Photography College Heather Hall for Untitled Photography Poetry College Jacob Coleman for "Heart of a Child" Pam Steers for "Ink not Blood" Song High School David Taylor for "One Day Soon"