ULLIN — Shawnee Community College recently hosted the annual Young Writer’s Competition, which encourages high school students to submit their non-fiction, short fiction and poetry pieces for the chance to win monetary prizes.

“This year, we had a significant number of student submissions, including several from outside the region and even students from different states, including Missouri and Michigan,” said contest host Dr. Ryan Thornsberry, SCC's professor of English. “We had many excellent submissions, and we are grateful COVID-19 did not deter these young authors. We congratulate all these students on their hard work and dedication to creative writing.”

The high school writing competition was divided into two divisions — ninth- and 10th-grades; and 11th- and 12th-grades. First- through third-places were awarded in both divisions in three categories — non-fiction, short fiction and poetry.

The winners from Massac County include:

• Ninth-grade non-fiction essay — Olivia Larrison, of Massac County High School, second-place for “Amazon Rainforest Fires.”

• Eleventh- and 12th-grade non-fiction essay — Damian Lee, of Massac County High School, first-place for “Keep Going.”

• Eleventh- and 12th-grade fiction essay — Zoei Blair, of Massac County High School, first-place for “Frederick the Froggy Prince.”

• Eleventh- and 12th-grade poetry —AJ Johnson, of Massac County High School, second-place for “Lost Souls.”

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