Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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.

Next Up

money hundred dollar bills

Chanhassen psychologist pleads guilty to $550K billing fraud

Charles Howard Jorenby, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud in U.S. District Court late last month.

police lights squad car

Charges: Coon Rapids man had 25 pounds of cocaine from Mexico

Luis Javier Avila-Lopez, 38, was arrested after law enforcement seized the cocaine earlier this year.

Screen Shot 2022-12-04 at 9.16.52 AM

Responding to Twitter release, former Minnesota GOP candidate calls for 'bullets'

It was in response to a thread on Twitter concerning the social media giant's moderation efforts regarding political issues.

snow

NWS: 'Safe to say' more active weather is ahead

Three rounds of light snow around Minnesota before more substantial precipitation becomes a possibility.

7F060B54-5776-4E1A-A42C-F36C22FAF493

Hero dad who stopped carjacker who fled with his kids identified

A GoFundMe has been set up to support Derek Gotchie and his family following the incident.

Screen Shot 2022-12-03 at 4.35.18 PM

Watch: New London-Spicer wins 3A championship on incredible walk-off TD

New London-Spicer defeated the unbeaten Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in remarkable circumstances.

MoorheadMurderSuspect

Suspect in woman's killing in Moorhead is arrested

James Kollie Jr. was arrested Friday evening.

Jennifer Carnahan

Former chair Jennifer Carnahan sues Minnesota GOP, which is suing her back

Carnahan stepped down under a cloud of controversy in August 2021.

Minneapolis Fire Department

One injured after leaping from burning vacant building in Minneapolis

Authorities say the building is known to be used by squatters.

ambulance

Head-on crash leaves two drivers dead in southeastern Minnesota

The crash happened in Houston County just before 4 p.m. Friday.

Related