Touchstone to the past

Alyssa HollingsworthAlyssa Hollingsworth (13C) put her writing and editing talents to great use this summer as an editorial moderator with Letter to an Unknown Soldier, a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The project called for people to write letters to the “unknown soldier” depicted by Charles Sargeant Jagger’s statue on Platform One at London’s Paddington Station, and the results were outstanding; more than 21,000 letters were submitted. Contributors included British Prime Minister David Cameron, actor and comedian Stephen Fry, several Berry alumni recruited by Hollingsworth, and thousands of school children. All are featured in a digital memorial reflecting how people in today’s society remember the “Great War.” A selection of the letters will be published in November by William Collins, an imprint of Harper Collins.

A charter recipient of Berry’s Gate of Opportunity Scholarship, Hollingsworth is currently completing her master’s degree in creative writing for young people at England’s Bath Spa University. As a Berry senior, she won third place in the national Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.

 By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications editorial assistant.  

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