MN high schooler's writing will debut on Chipotle bags and cups today


A St. Paul Central High senior will see his writing published alongside literary greats like Toni Morrison, Judd Apatow, and Lois Lowry – on Chipotle's cups and bags.

Fue Xiong entered Chipotle's nationwide "Cultivating Thought" contest as an assignment from his English teacher.

And he won.

In addition to a $20,000 scholarship, Xiong's writing will debut Monday on the restaurant's packaging all over the country, Chipotle says.

Xiong was one of 10 students to be awarded the grand prize. His essay "Two Minutes About Sardines" scored the highest, Pioneer Press said.

The senior told Prairie Business Magazine he plans to join the military and use his scholarship at the University of Minnesota.

And in case you're wondering about Xiong's Chipotle order – his favorite is a steak burrito bowl with white rice, fajita veggies, tomato-and-chili-corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, and lots of fresh lettuce.

Xiong's essay was inspired by the day his family left their native Thailand.

'Two Minutes About Sardines'

Here are the first few lines of his essay, titled "Two Minutes About Sardines."

"A helicopter overhead. A truck engine roars past. Soldiers in dirty green uniforms, surrounded by a cloud of warm brown dust, unload buckets full of raw sardines. All the refugees rush to get in line for food.

My teenage brother held me back saying, 'Today is our last day to get a meal like this before we depart to America. We can take our time.'"

Read the rest here.

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