Monday, May 6, 2013

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the winners of the Fauquier County Public Library's First Annual Teen Poetry and Short Story Challenge.

Winners were chosen from over 150 entries and evaluated by a 3-judge panel comprised of talented local writers Jennifer Handford, Susan McCorkindale and Aimee O'Grady.

Winners read their works for an audience of parents, grandparents, teachers, friends and other guests at an award ceremony Tuesday April 30.
2013 Teen Poetry and Short Story Challenge Contestants

Winners are: 

Grades 9-12
1st Place:
R.E. Potter -  Stella
2nd Place:
Kathryn Long - TheKey that Led to Nowhere
3rd Place:
Sara Dunn - Boom Town

Grades 6-8

1st Place: (tie)
Jewel Potter - Shadow on the Wall
Jenna Devanney - Callof the Wild

2nd Place:
Cameron Smith - Being Thirteen

3rd Place: (tie)
Claire Sutliff - Alone
Blake Bogin - Where I'm From 

In her opening remarks, judge Jennifer Handford noted “Writing is a very personal pursuit and sharing our work with others can be scary.  Contests can be helpful to get beyond this fear.  Sometimes it's easier to be judged by strangers rather than people we know.  Entering contests is a good way to see if we're on the right track."

In addition, 15 students received Honorable Mention awards.  

  • Sana Ahmed
  • Blake Bogin
  • Elise Clonts
  • Sarah Delaney
  • Jenna Devanney
  • Sara Dunn
  • Lizzie Ellis
  • Madeline Fanta   
  • Anthony Frank
  • Anna Hiner
  • Cheyenne Hotchkiss
  • Cory Kleinman
  • Alexis Matthews-Smith
  • R.E. Potter
  • Claire Shifflett   
The level of participation clearly indicates that teen writers abound within Fauquier County. Teen writers are encouraged to participate in Fauquier County Public Library's Teen Writing Group, which meets at the John Marshall Library and Warrenton Library monthly.

Congratulations to the winners!

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