'Ninth Ward' adds two more honors to the list


May 2, 2011

“Ninth Ward,” ASU faculty member Jewell Parker Rhodes’ book for young adults about Hurricane Katrina, has won two more awards.

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award committee has announced that “Ninth Ward” has been selected as an Honor Award for Older Readers. The award will be presented Oct. 14 during an event in the U.N. Plaza in New York City. Download Full Image

And, “Ninth Ward” has been chosen as the first book club pick for “Time Our Chicago Kids!”

The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards are given annually by the Jane Addams Peace Association to the children's books published the preceding year that “effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.”

Jane Addams was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull House in Chicago, a leader in woman suffrage and world peace, and she was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Marianne I. Baker, an associate professor of early, elementary, and reading education at James Madison University and chair of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, said, “Jewell's book was not only superbly written, it was woven with layers of class and race and culture and family, all the while remaining hopeful and true to Mama Ya-Ya, TaShon, and, of course, Lanesha.

“Jewell tells their story, which certainly mirrors our own society, particularly in light of the setting; the Ninth Ward during- and post-hurricane Katrina. Jewell mentioned to me that the element of ghosts turned off some publishers, but that richness could not be taken from the story to still be true to the characters,” Baker added.

“Children's and young adult literature certainly reflects life as we know it and the top quality books push us (all readers) a bit further into not only interpreting the world, but into a sense of advocacy, even agency. The world is better for books such as Ninth Ward. It's really a privilege to pay homage to this work of art!”

“Time Out Chicago Kids!” is a new club that pairs a middle grade or young adult book with an adult book with a similar theme. Kids and adults then read the books and discuss them.

“Ninth Ward” also was Al Roker’s 2010 Today Show Book Club selection, and Rhodes appeared on the show with Roker on September 17, 2010.

The book also is one of the 30 books for grades K-12 recommended by the International Reading Association as 2011’s “Notable Books for a Global Society.”

It also is on the 2011-2012 master list for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (30 books recommended, State of Vermont children vote their favorite next spring), and won the 2011 American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award.

In 2010, “Ninth Ward” also was a finalist for Best Fiction for Middle Grade Readers, Goodreads.com, selected by Indie booksellers for the Autumn Kids’ Next List, winner of the 2010 Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, and named Best Fiction of 2010 by the School Library Journal.

Rhodes’ book “Season” was a finalist in the “Mystery” category in the 2005 African American Literary Awards, and an excerpt from “Moon “ was included in “Best African American Fiction 2010,” edited by Nikki Giovanni.

Rhodes holds the Piper Endowed Chair and is artistic director for global engagement in the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Track & field sweeps rivals UA, NAU at Annual Double Dual


May 2, 2011

Complete">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/stats/2010-2011/dualresults.... Results

Senior Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney had a hand in four victories for the women and rookie Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/milus_ryan00.html">Ryan Milus was in on three as the duo helped their respective Arizona State University track and field teams to sweeps of rivals Arizona and Northern Arizona on Saturday night at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe. In all, the Sun Devils combined to win 22 events (of 38 contested), including 12 by the women and 10 by the men, as ASU swept its intrastate rivals for the first time since 2009. Download Full Image

In the women's standings, No. 10 ASU won a Top 10 battle by outscoring No. 7 UA, 104.5-94.5, while also defeating NAU, 138-52. On the men's side, the No. 25 Sun Devils also scored an upset as they took down the No. 9 Wildcats, 113-79, while also knocking off the Lumberjacks, 127-60. UA defeated NAU in both duals, winning 126-57 in the women's standings and 105-68 on the men's. ASU has now swept UA eight times in the series and has swept NAU 14 times in a row (18 overall). The Sun Devil men are 26-23 all-time against UA and 29-5 against NAU while the women hold advantages of 15-12 over the Wildcats and 23-2 over the Lumberjacks.

For the women, the night once again belonged to Chaney, who ran in her final home meet for the Sun Devils and collected four wins, including both hurdle races and anchoring both relays. The Tempe McClintock product won the 100m hurdles in 13.33, the second-fastest in the history of the Dual, while winning the 400m hurdles in 57.59, the third-fastest in Double Dual history. At the start of the day, she joined with Asia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gooden_asia00.html">Asia Gooden, Kayla">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanchez_kayla00.html">Kayla Sanchez and Alycia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/herring_alycia00.html">A... Herring to run 44.46 to win the 4x100m relay with the ninth-best mark in school history and third-best in Dual history before closing the night with a come-from-behind victory over UA in the 4x400m relay in 3:35.55. The relay, made up of Herring, Keia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/pinnick_keia00.html">Keia Pinnick, Sanchez and Chaney, clocked the second-best time in Dual history.

The women's sprints didn't stop there as they also won the 100m, 200m and 400m individual events as well. Sanchez captured the 100m dash in 11.75, which was her third win of the evening; Herring took the 200m title in 24.45 for her third win of the day; and Pinnick was the winner in the quarter at 55.20 for her second title. In the field, Christabel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/nettey_christabel00.html... Nettey also won multiple times as she swept the long jump (6.37m/20-10.75) and triple jump (12.19m/40-00.00). The remaining women's wins came from Shaylah">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/simpson_shaylah00.html">... Simpson in the pole vault (3.83m/12-06.75); Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/jelmini_anna00.html">Anna Jelmini in the discus (59.35m/194-9); and Cj">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/navarro_cj00.html">Cj Navarro in the hammer (57.40m/188-4). Jelmini's mark stands as the meet record while Nettey's marks are fourth and 10th-best in Dual history, respectively, and Simpson is now ninth.

On the men's side, Milus again had the speed as he was in on a trio of wins by sweeping the 100m and 200m dashes for the second week in a row and bringing home the baton in the 4x100m victory. Individually, Milus clocked in at 10.27 to win the 100m dash, posting the second-best time in Dual history and the seventh-best time in ASU history, before running 21.03 to take the 200m dash. He opened the day with Daniel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/auberry_daniel00.html">D... Auberry, Allante">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/battle_allante00.html">A... Battle and Justin">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/freeman_justin00.html">J... Freeman to run 40.12 and take the 4x100m relay title.

Battle also was a part of another win as he joined John">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/kline_john00.html">John Kline, Kelsey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/caesar_kelsey00.html">Ke... Caesar and William">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/henry_william00.html">Wi... Henry to run 3:09.85 and take the 4x400m relay title. Caeser, earlier in the day, also won the 400m dash in 46.29, just edging out Henry, who was second in 46.62. The final win on the track for the Sun Devil men came in the 110m hurdles as decathlete Jeremy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/marcinko_jeremy00.html">... Marcinko won in 15.54.

In the field, the Sun Devils won four events. Senior Corey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/phallen_corey00.html">Corey Phallen won the pole vault in his final home appearance with a clearance of 5.06m (16-07.25) while Chris">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/benard_chris00.html">Chris Benard was victorious in the triple jump with a leap of 14.99m (49-02.25). In the the throws, Jordan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/clarke_jordan00.html">Jo... Clarke captured the shot put with his toss of 18.65m (61-02.25), the 10th-best in Dual history, while Marc">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/peck_marc00.html">Marc Peck won the javelin with a heave of 64.29m (210-11).

Overall, ASU swept eight events, including six in the sprints and two in the field. On the track, Sun Devil athletes won the men's and women's races at 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m and in the high hurdles (100m for wome and 110m for men). In the field, the Sun Devil swepts came in the pole vault and triple jump.

Next week, several Sun Devils will travel to Tucson to open the championship portion of the season as they will compete in the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon to open the Pac-10 Championships on Friday and Saturday. One week after, the remaining events of the Championship will also be held in Tucson.

2011 Double Dual
Team Scoring - Women
#10 Arizona State def. #7 Arizona, 104.5-94.5
#10 Arizona State def. Northern Arizona, 138-52
#7 Arizona def. Northern Arizona, 126-57

Team Scoring - Men
#25 Arizona State def. #9 Arizona, 113-79
#25 Arizona State def. Northern Arizona, 127-60
#9 Arizona def. Northern Arizona, 105-68

Wins Recorded - Women (12)
100m - Kayla">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sanchez_kayla00.html">Kayla Sanchez - 11.75
200m - Alycia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/herring_alycia00.html">A... Herring - 24.45
400m - Keia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/pinnick_keia00.html">Keia Pinnick - 55.20
100m hurdles - Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney - 13.33
400m hurdles - Jasmine">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chaney_jasmine00.html">J... Chaney - 57.59
4x100m - Gooden, Sanchez, Herring, Chaney - 44.46 - #9 all-time in ASU history
4x400m - Herring, Pinnick, Sanchez, Chaney - 3:35.55
Pole Vault - Shaylah">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/simpson_shaylah00.html">... Simpson - 3.83m (12-06.75)
Long Jump - Christabel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/nettey_christabel00.html... Nettey - 6.37m (20-10.75)
Triple Jump - Christabel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/nettey_christabel00.html... Nettey - 12.19m (40-00.00)
Discus - Anna">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/jelmini_anna00.html">Anna Jelmini - 59.35m (194-09)
Hammer - Cj">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/navarro_cj00.html">Cj Navarro - 57.40m (188-04)

Wins Recorded - Men (10)
100m - Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/milus_ryan00.html">Ryan Milus - 10.27 - #7 all-time in ASU history
200m - Ryan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/milus_ryan00.html">Ryan Milus - 21.03
400m - Kelsey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/caesar_kelsey00.html">Ke... Caesar - 46.29
110m hurdles - Jeremy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/marcinko_jeremy00.html">... Marcinko - 15.54
4x100m - Auberry, Battle, Freeman, Milus - 40.12
4x400m - Kline, Battle, Caesar, Henry - 3:09.85
Pole Vault - Corey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/phallen_corey00.html">Corey Phallen - 5.06m (16-07.25)
Triple Jump - Chris">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/benard_chris00.html">Chris Benard - 14.99m (49-02.25)
Shot Put - Jordan">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/clarke_jordan00.html">Jo... Clarke - 18.65m (61-02.25)
Javelin - Marc">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-track/mtt/peck_marc00.html">Marc Peck - 64.29m (210-11)

Meet Notes
• ASU has swept UA eight times overall in the Dual
• ASU has swept NAU 18 times overall in the Dual (14 in a row)
• ASU's men won their fifth in a row over UA and their 14th in a row over NAU
• ASU's women won their 21st in a row over NAU
• ASU is 26-23 all-time in duals with the UA men and 15-12 against the UA women
• ASU is 29-5 all-time duals with the NAU men and 23-2 against the NAU women