KarMel Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2004 Winners!
Best Artistic
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work
2004 Runner-Up & Special Awards
Due to the outstanding quality of the submissions we received and additional sponsors to our scholarship, additional awards were presented.  Let's congratulate these winners as well! 
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"Pride Sneaker"
(Gay pride shoe)
Theresa Labreglio - NY
Melody's Favorite ($75)
Karen's Favorite ($75)
Runner Up - Written ($100 each)
Runner Up - Artistic ($100 each)
"My Coming Out Letter to My Grandmother" (Coming out letter)
Jason C.
Excerpt: "When I was ten years old, my mother died.  Since then, I have lived with my grandparents.  This is a letter written by me in order to "come out of the closet" to my grandmother."
"Our Life - 8 Years and Counting" (Scrapbook of a GLBT family)
Jessica English - AZ
"Judgement Day" (article - Straight person stepping into the life as a gay person)
Nicole Sandoval - CA
Excerpt: "Having observed that homophobia is alive and well on campus, I decided to challenge myself and take on the role of a homosexual student.  But when I decided to take on this task, when I tried to live a week as an openly gay student, I did not realize how upsetting this experience would prove to be."
"Seperate but Not Equal"
(Painting on gay rights/pride/marriage)
Rian-Ashlei McDonald - GA
"No Room for Hate" (puzzle - gay love)
"Words of Equality"
(poster - gay pride)
Adam Silverstein - NV
Last Updated August 25, 2004
"The Evolution of Me"
(personal essay)
Paula Smith - PA

"Is it possible to ever look back and have a cleared picture of what might have been?  If what might have been had occurred, then what DID occur might never have transpired.  How would that have changed the course of your life?  As a 43-year-old femme dyke, I now lok back on how life's twists and turns have affected me.
I often wonder now that I have embraced my sexuality and my desire for women sexually that if I had accepted it back in 1974, would I have ever married?  Would I have had my children?  Would I have been satisfied to livemy life as a dyek or would I have continued to explore until I felt that I had exhausted all that there was to find, living out my  days unsatisfied and bitter"
"A Kiss is a Kiss"
(poster of 3 kisses - gay, lesbian, straight)
Nicole Antolin - CA
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"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"
(Essay on gay marriage)
Jessica Negron - FL
Special Judges' Award ($75)
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An excerpt:
"However, this issue (same-sex marriage) is not about people's options of homosexuals on their willingness to accept or condone their sexual orientation, this matter is a legal matter.  Those who oppose same-sex marriage do so on the grounds of morality and often religous fundamentalism, but people's personal beliefs, moral values, and religious convictions, however strong they may be, are not legally justifiable reason for denying homosexuals their constitutional right to equal protection and due process under the law."
Best Written Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work ($200)
2004 Honorable Mention Awards
This year we decided to award honorable mention awards by media and subject.  We wanted to showcase the best of the best!

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"Dirty Movie" (screenplay)
Matthew Dy - TX
A short film screenplay about a mother who finds a gay porn video.
"Perception - Not Deception"
(Drawing dealing with cross-dressing)
Lynsey Welmers - MI
"Overcoming Challenges: 'Coming Out' to the World"
(Personal video of being a daughter of 2 moms)
Melissa Jacobson - OR
"I Can See Myself"
(Solo Dance performance expressing coming to terms with being gay)
Marcos Duran - CA
Most Unique Idea ($50):
"Open Minded" by Jennifer Jimenez
"Gay Gene" by Catherine Marbel
Best Sensual ($50):
"Pinned" by Alexia Leal
"Our First Time" by Terrel Crawford
Best Love ($50):
"My Salvation" by Chrystal Layton
"Strength Together" by Laine Vandal
Best From Family/Friend of Gay Person ($50):
"My Mom is Gay" by Sophie Gatfoyle
"Making Minorities into a Majority" by Kelly Moscolo
Best Bi-Sexual ($50):
"InterReactions1" by Anonymous
"Deciphering Sexuality" by TashinaReynolds
Best Transgender ($50):
"This is Me" by Julie Davenport
Best Coming Out ($50):
"Mother & Son" by Anonymous
"What We Had, What We Had to Give" by Magdalen Zinky
Best Gay Pride ($50):
"Human" by Heather Dias
"A Letter" by Charlene Carroll
Best Gay Marriage($50):
"Sneek Peek" by Barbara McGiven
Best Song ($50):
"Lost" by Alana Barraj
"Jill & Jill" by Jennifer Lindsey
Best Painting ($50):
"Girl" by Nina Vitalino
"I Nub" by Anne Marie Stringer
Best Slideshow ($50):
"Take a Stand" by Ashley Wheeler (COMING SOON)
Best Comic ($50):
"Mockery of True Love" by Genevieve Egger
Best Drawing ($50):
"Happy Ending" by Asa Benally
"Colorful Symbolism" by Michael Conway-Semensi
Best Photo ($50):
"First Family Picture" by Karen Lee
"Girls in the Shadow" by Sarah Cohen
Best Article/Editorial ($50):
"Dual Minority, Double Entities" by Steven Harbaugh
"Proclamation" by Kody Trauger
Best Fictional Story ($50):
"To Each Her Own" by Shari Levine
"Losing Lisa" by Anonymous
Best Poem ($50):
"I Fell in Love with a Girl" by Jacquelyn
A "Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender" Themed Scholarship
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Scholarship Details
"We were truly amazed at the quality and creativity put forth by all the applicants this year.  We received more than 1,100 submission from 700 applicants, and awarded a total of $3,000, thanks to additional donations received.  Come view the wonderful submissions we received!  Enjoy!"  - Karen and Melody (August 18, 2004)
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A Few of the 2004 SUBMISSIONS
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Some of the 2004 Submissions!!! 
IMPORTANT: We were NOT able to showcase
all the outstanding submissions we received this year
due to the overwhelming 1,100 submissions from 700 applicants received.
We selected a good representation, of the works we received,
to share with everyone. - Karen and Melody