Nine Students Receive National Recognition by Pathways to College Literary Magazine

2021 Scholar Voices edition also features contributions from alumni

* This news release has been updated to correctly identify the hometown for Lauren Prates.

Pathways to College has announced four student winners and five student honorable mentions for the nonprofit after-school program’s annual literary magazine, Scholar Voices. The Spring 2021 Retrospective Edition features 40 contributions from 34 students and alumni of Pathways to College.


  • Michale Golston, “What If?” (poetry) – Merrillville, Indiana
  • Isabella Gonzalez, “What Inspires Me” (photo) – Newark, New Jersey
  • Jalen Lyle, “Indoctrination: A Result of the System” (essay) – Newark, New Jersey
  • Gabrielle Scott, “Childhood” (photojournalism) – Munster, Indiana

Honorable Mentions

  • Aliana Cotto Davila, “Transformation” (poetry) – Newark, New Jersey
  • Francisca Hoegah, “Ode to Love” (poetry) – Newark, New Jersey
  • Rebeca Lockward, “StucK” (poetry) – Pine Bush, New York
  • Hervly Pierre-Louis, “The Light at the End of My Tunnel” (photojournalism) – Newark, New Jersey
  • Lauren Prates, “Into the Unknown” (essay) – Newark, New Jersey

Submissions are reviewed by a committee of published authors and teachers of English, writing, and photojournalism. The nine awardees received a prize check of $100 for each winner and $50 for each honorable mention. Print copies of Scholar Voices were distributed to program teachers, principals, and each Scholar. 

Scholar Voices has been recognizing student creativity through writing and artwork since the early 1990s. Pathways to College deeply values the gifts and talents of each student, their interests, and their multifaceted ways of self-expression. New this year, the magazine invited Pathways to College alumni to contribute writing and artwork, as well as reflections about their Pathways experiences.

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

Pathways to College is an after-school program providing students the information, guidance and support needed to become the best high school students, college applicants and college students they can be. We are the inspiration, motivation and hand up that helps bright young children of color realize their college aspirations.