Monday, May 13, 2013

These teens weren't intimidated

As Jennifer Handford, one of the Teen Poetry and Short Story Challenge judges noted in her opening remarks, "Writing is a very personal pursuit and sharing our work with others can be scary." 

That intimidation didn't stop about 100 teen writers from throughout Fauquier County from entering the contest.

In this second of a three-part series, we share with you the Second-Place winners.  

Kathryn Long, author of the The Key that Led to Nowhere, was encouraged by a friend to enter the contest and only came up with her idea for the story a few days before the contest deadline. Clearly she writes well under pressure, winning Second Place in the Grades 9-12 Category. 
The Key that Led to Nowhere
It was a hot May afternoon, and Rose Siner plopped her backpack down on the couch in her living room. She had just received a package from her long-lost Uncle Ervin. Inside was a key, a map, and a note saying "Guard these with your life." 

In the Grades 6-8 Category, Cameron Smith won Second Place. His entry was one each member of the audience (at least those of use over 13) could identify with, as it extolled on the realities of, as the name indicates, being thirteen and the many challenges, frustrations and joys that come with it. 
Being Thirteen
is about becoming a new person, 
and trying to find yourself in a sea of people, 
knowing that every action you take and every word you speak 
can make you popular or send your status into oblivion. 

Congratulations to Kathryn and Cameron.

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