Literary and Theater Award Winners
For the Lit
Award, four high school-lever authors share the top prizes. The
Theater Award goes to a single high school senior who has done the
most in the dramatic sector throughout his or her school career.
Both awards are open to home, private and public schoolers in
judges for the Lit Award - Cat Badger, Connie Hatch and Amy
Brian-McGee, herself a two-time winner of the top award - struggled
mightily to choose from among several strong, polished entries, all
selected for first prize Kyler Burke's mesmerizing short story,
"Secret," which blends fantasy elements into the daily
life of an offbeat, artistic girl finding love, disaster and
enduring unquiet in the early days of her first year in high school.
This long tale completely blew the Arts Council's length limits, but
you don't turn away material like this on a technicality. The flow
of language is highly personal yet clear as a stream.
took a close second for her two short stories and a poem. One of the
tales, "Blood Bond," leads us slowly into fantasy and
horror. The other, "No Hands, No Feet, and a Severe Lack of
Intelligence," expands an everyday subject of childhood
tribulation - learning to ride a bicycle - into a life-changing
experience that makes you both cheer and cringe for the heroine. Her
poem "Things" catalogs the aches and memories surrounding
went to Jodie Stockage for her poem "Sand," a form of
what's often called "concrete poetry," where the physical
shape of the poem both echoes and reinforces the subject. In this
case, the hourglass form confines the sands of time that slip away
over the years until the days are gone.
Skoranski took fourth prize for a collection of three poems. "Spark"
celebrates that internal something that animates each of us in a
unique way. "Love on a Musical Level" takes an endearing
look not just at music but at the instrument that the musician uses
to produce it. And "The Mirror Images" studies the
positives and negatives of personality as they appear in - and
through - the mirror of the soul.
talented authors appear in the Arts Council's annual magazine, Hill
along with the work of runners-up Emily Geist, Leona Hatch, Colby
Heaton and Ayianna Petty. The magazine will also feature the work of
the high school-level winners of the Youth Art Awards, named earlier
in the Sullivan Review.
this marvelous work should take away from the announcement of the
Theater Award winner: Nicholas Miller. Nick was chosen based on the
recommendation of the teachers involved in the high school drama
club, and also for his contributions to the SCCA's own Roving
You may not
have seen Nick often on stage, except perhaps scurrying from one
wing to another in search of the lost cord. For Nick is the Arts
Council's first winner chosen almost entirely on the basis of his
work as stage hand and, later, stage manager: the guy who makes all
that stuff you take for granted move like clockwork.
It's easy to
think that Sullivan County is particularly lucky in the quality of
work produced by its students. But luck has little to do with it.
It's a matter of hard work, talent and personal ambition. They
deserve the laurel wreath, one and all.