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Scholar Voices literary magazine features Pathways to College Scholars and alumni

Pathways to College has announced eight winners and an honorable mention for the nonprofit after-school program’s annual literary magazine, Scholar Voices. The 2022 edition features contributions from 30 of the program’s high school Scholars and alumni representing high schools in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana and New Jersey.


  • Kosisochukwu Adibe, Newark, New Jersey, “Grief” (memoir)
  • Fathia Ajibola, Newark, NJ, “The Child Who Is Afraid of the Dark Becomes an Adult Who Is Afraid of the Light” (short story)
  • Al-Tarik Davis-Colston, Newark, NJ, “Unsure” (photography)
  • Toni Greer, Newark, NJ, “I AM” (poetry)
  • Isaiah Laborde, Newark, NJ, “Freedom Is Either Given or Demanded” (literary criticism)
  • Aniya Shockness, Newark, NJ, “Teachers Can Do All the Wrong” (essay)
  • Taneeyah Simpson, Bergenfield, NJ, “Mystery Woman” (art)
  • Lyric Williams, Gary, Indiana, “Afraid of Failure” (memoir)

Honorable Mention

  • Christianna Coffey, Newark, NJ, “Which Affects You More, Racism or Sexism?” (literary criticism)

Submissions are reviewed by jury including published authors and teachers of English and language arts. The nine awardees will receive a gift card worth $150 for each winner and $100 for the honorable mention. Print copies of Scholar Voices are being distributed to awardees, all Scholars, program teachers, principals and donors.

Scholar Voices has been honoring the creativity of Scholars since the early 1990s to recognize the gifts and talents of each student, their interests and their multifaceted ways of self-expression. In 2022, the magazine continued a recent tradition of including contributions from the program’s distinguished alumni.

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Contact: Alyssa Alston, Director of Communications | | 202-924-1691

Pathways to College is an after-school program providing information, guidance and support to help African American and other students of color become the best high school students, college applicants and college students they can be to prepare for lifelong success. Although we welcome all students of color, we focus on under-served African American high school students, whose potential has been marginalized for generations.