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Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center announced the winners of an Appalachian-based essay contest designed to showcase compelling life stories of growing up in the region from people who live in the region.

“Appalachia has a rich and, at the same time, challenging history,” said Chris Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. “All too often, however, national media portrays difficulties in the region as the fault of people who live here. We wanted to give the majority of Appalachians who grow up and make good lives a new opportunity to tell their stories.”

Three top prizes were selected by Silas House, a national best-selling author and the National Endowment for the Humanities chair at Berea College.

Fahe collaborated with Berea College and Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation in the designing and planning of the essay contest.  Appalachia is often presented through outside portrayal, so it is important to amplify the voices of the people who live here in order to combat the negative stereotypes.  By sharing our rich and vibrant stories we can help change the narrative surrounding Appalachia.

For a full list of the essay winners, please visit the full announcement on the Berea College website:

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