In The Pipeline: Three descriptive essays force tie in contest

May 18, 2011|By Chris Epting
(Courtesy Andrea…)

This year's In The Pipeline student journalism competition produced many more entries than last year, making the judging extra tough.

In fact, this year, we have a tie for first place — a three-way tie at that.

Congratulations to Andrea Resnick and Jimmy Nguyen, both juniors at Fountain Valley High School, and to Lauren Delcoure, a senior at Marina High School. Lauren, you might recall, won the competition last year, and returned strong once again.

As I said, there were many fine entries this year, but for me, these three students produced the most compelling stories based on my assignment to write about an interesting person, place or thing in our area, shedding light with their own personal details and photography.

Here are some excerpts from the individual pieces.

Andrea took us to a private place where she enjoys some of the most authentic, affordable Mexican food in Orange County. Her writing was emotional, vivid and detailed:


"Tucked away on a residential street just past the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue, the Taco Truck lives up to its literal interpretation — a truck with a kitchen inside, parked along the curb. The menu, painted on the side of the truck, displays the many tasty possibilities available for hungry costumers. With a variety of dishes including tortas, tacos, burritos, flautas, and even Mexican hamburgers, there is something for everyone. One can even pick from a choice of meats such as chicken, beef, carnitas, cabeza (head meat), or lengua (tongue).

"A broad selection of Mexican sodas and common fountain drinks serve as a popular addition to the spicy meals. With such a variety of options, anyone can find satisfaction here. Being a creature of habit and an avid lover of Mexican food, the words 'cuatro de asada para llevar, por favor' are all too familiar to me, being used at every Taco Truck experience that I enjoy. When I receive my steaming paper plate or Styrofoam tray of authentic Hispanic cuisine, with its small corn tortillas, freshly grilled carne asada, sprinkled with cilantro and onions, I can't help but salivate a little. If I'm lucky enough to arrive before the free pineapple juice has disappeared, I have the perfect sidekick to my scrumptious meal. A squeeze of fresh lime and some tongue-tickling salsa are the cherry on top as I clench my much-awaited meal and assume my throne on the cement curb."

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