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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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Alyssa HollingsworthAlyssa Hollingsworth (13C) joined students from Yeshiva University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, John Brown University and Lee University as winners in the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Contest, a national competition that challenges college students to submit essays focusing on complex ethical issues.

Alyssa’s third-place entry, Naan in the Afghan Village, recounts a 2011 visit to Afghanistan to visit her sister, who works for a nongovernmental agency that specializes in community development and health education for Afghan women. The piece was written as part of a class assignment at Berry and submitted for recognition at the encouragement of Visiting Assistant Professor of English Abigail Greenbaum. The award includes a $1,500 cash prize, as well as an opportunity to  meet Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

A charter participant in Berry’s Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program, Alyssa graduated in May with a degree in English. She will continue to hone her writing skills while pursuing a master’s degree at England’s Bath Spa University.

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