2015 Literary Award Winners
Four judges have chosen the prize winners for the fifth annual Literary Awards, presented to students in grades seven through 12.
First prize went to Libby Schreffler for two marvelously crafted short stories, "Roy and Juliet" and "Big Top Horror." "Roy and Juliet" took the unusual approach of presenting a Bonnie and Clyde-style tale written as a roughly 1940s piece of pulp fiction. It was the unanimous choice of the judges.
Madison Glinski took second prize for "Veterans," a patriotic-themed story with an ending that took all the judges by surprise.
Shawna Chamberlin's "Persephone," updating Greek myth in a modern setting with an undercurrent of horror (and another "trick" ending), garnered third prize.
"The Art of Walking (To the Top of the World)" brought Danielle Reeser fourth prize for an impassioned call to interact with the world more directly than we tend to do these virtual-reality days.
Anna Myers's melancholy poem, "A Lost Friendship," received honorable mention.
The top four winners will receive cash prizes, and all five students chosen will be honored at the high school awards assembly, scheduled for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.
In a preliminary round, the judges also singled out the following students for their superior contributions:
Alaina Bedford, Dane Carpenter, Brittany Halbfoerster, Leona Hatch, Lilly Houseknecht, Jessica King, Aaron Kinsey, Anastasia Miller, Ayianna Petty, Anastasia Schiele, Keith Seeley, and Sam Skoranski.
Their work, along with that of the official prize winners, will appear in the upcoming issue of the Arts Council's "Hills and Valleys" magazine. Visual artwork winners in the earlier Youth Art competition will also be featured in "Hills and Valleys," which will be distributed free after the awards ceremony to any student interested in picking up a copy.
Judges for the literary contest were Cat Badger, Derek Davis, Connie Hatch and Megan Kiner (herself a previous winner of the top Literary Award).