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Winners announced in Sassafras Youth Writing Contest

 

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Sassafras members celebrate with winning Youth writers. See winning works here.

BY   B. JOAN WILSON 

Parents, teachers, relatives, and local writers watched as eleven young writers received awards for their winning entries in the Sassafras Literary Exchange Youth Writing Contest on Wednesday evening at the Pickens County Library.  The high quality of the entries resulted in an unprecedented three way tie for third place and five honorable mentions.

See winning works.

 

 

A panel of nine judges selected the eleven winners from more than 250 entries that were submitted by students attending Jasper Middle School, Pickens County Middle School, Pickens County High School, and Wildwood Christian Academy.   The annual contest is open to all middle and high school students in Pickens County including home school students.    

 

 

The winners are:

HIGH SCHOOL:

FIRST PLACE:            GINNY MORRIS                        PICKENS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

SECOND PLACE:            KATY GUIDER                        WILDWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

FIRST PLACE:            JACKSON MELTON            WILDWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

SECOND PLACE:            NINA DYKES                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

THIRD PLACE            BAILEY STEWART            JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL

THIRD PLACE            DILION SHELTON                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

THIRD PLACE:            KATELEN BECK                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

                                    LAURA HENKE                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                    MCKENNA KEMP                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                    DANIELLE O’DELL            PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                    GRACE TOPPER                        PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                    SAMANTHA CRUZADO            PICKENS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                    CAITLIN SHIPMAN            JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

 

The theme for this year’s contest was “Being a Teen”.   Alan Gibson, the emcee for the evening, asked members of the Sassafras Literary Exchange to share with the audience the moment as a teenager when he or she was influenced to become a writer.  Those moments ranged from a classic movie that provided the motivation to become a playwright, to an English teacher who could foresee exciting new worlds for her students, to a picture of an opulent, royal room, to another picture of a sophisticated writer, to a lifetime of inspirational moments.  

 

It was obvious to the judges that whatever the motivation these eleven winners, as well as many of the other entrants, are inspired and talented writers.    All the members of the Sassafras Literary Exchange wish to thank the teachers and parents who encouraged students to pursue their writing interest through this contest and the Pickens County Library for providing a venue for the awards ceremony.

 

The winners were also given a year’s free membership in the Sassafras Literary Exchange.  

 

The Sassafras Literary Exchange is a non-profit organization that promotes creative writing among its members and adults and young people throughout Pickens County.  Both the Youth Writing Contest and the Adult Writing Contest are sponsored by the Sassafras Literary Exchange.   All members of the audience were invited to attend one of the Sassafras Literary Exchange meetings that are held on the first Monday of each month at the Sharp Top Arts Association Building at 7:00 PM.   The next regular meeting will be help on January 7, 2013.  All meetings are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

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