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Writers honored at Creative Writing Award ceremony

Darin Allred | Apr 14, 2014

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College honored some talented writers and poets at the 48th annual Creative Writing Awards ceremony Friday at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus.

The poems, short stories and essays recognized in Friday's ceremony were written by more than 700 entrants in nine divisions of competition in the NCTC Creative Writing Awards Contest. Winning entries will be published in the 2014 issue of the college literary magazine, The April Perennial.

"We just keep getting more and more entries from a wider area," contest coordinator Gabrielle Fletcher said. "It used to be mostly Cooke County and Denton County, but now we are starting to move out a little further and more schools are starting to participate."

Nancy E. Turner, an historical fiction author, was the guest speaker. In addition, two students from Texas Woman's University performed a dance in honor of Ms. Turner's book "Sarah's Quilt." The dance was choreographed by Shelly Padilla and performed by Katrina Brown and Jessica Sanchez.

NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock then presented awards to the winners in attendance.

The Jerry Simpson Memorial Contest in poetry and short fiction for middle school students is funded by Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson of Houston in memory of their son.

In the poetry contest, first place went to Angelique Celasquez (Era ISD), second place went to Aria Hindman (Lewisville Huffines MS), third place went to Sharon Tjandramulia (Immaculate Conception Catholic School of Denton), and honorable mention went to Lizzy Shuey (Argyle Liberty Christian) and Azaira Chavez (Lewisville Huffines MS).

In the short story contest, first place went to Makenzie Fleitman (Lindsay ISD), second place went to Isabella Lovalvo (Argyle Liberty Christian), third place went to Emma Valentine (Sonlight Homeschool Enrichment of Denton), and honorable mention went to Lauren Hunter (Argyle Liberty Christian) and Sofie Flowers (Denton Strickland MS).

The Brad Dill Memorial Contest in poetry and short fiction for high school students is funded by Mrs. Pat Dill King in memory of her son.

In the poetry contest, first place went to Caris Allen (Lake Dallas HS), second place went to Morgan Bartlett (Era HS), third place went to Daniel Ibarrondo (Justin Northwest HS), and honorable mention went to Natalie Nelson (Argyle Liberty Christian) and Malissa Owen (Denton Guyer HS).

In the short story contest, first place went to Danielle Drews (Krum HS), second place went to Keleigh Pearson (Lindsay HS), third place went to Lening Gonzalez (The Colony HS), and honorable mention went to Caris Allen (Lake Dallas HS) and Vernonica Whelan (Argyle Liberty Christian).

The Inspired Essayist Contest for NCTC students is funded by Lary and Shelly Kuehn.

First place went to Tamara Gandt (Gainesville), second place went to Angela Williams (Gainesville), third place went to Brittani Gonzales (Flower Mound) and honorable mention went to Melissa Sampson (Gainesville).

The Aspiring Poet Contest for NCTC students is funded by Lary and Shelly Kuehn.

First place went to Thomas Van Hook (Corinth), second place went to Christine Sanders (Graham), third place went to Preston Sodowsky (Gainesville), and honorable mention went to Leigh Bailey (Corinth) and Bryan Montgomery (Flower Mound).

The Gerald Green Goforth McDaniel Memorial Short Story Contest for NCTC students is funded by the family of Dr. McDaniel, Professor of English at NCTC from 1993-2001.

First place went to Nadiyah Suleiman (Gainesville), second place went to Leigh Ann Bailey (Corinth), third place went to Kaitlin Goodrich (Gainesville and Flower Mound), and honorable mention went to Amber Hamilton (Flower Mound and Corinth) and Hayden Brown (Flower Mound).

The Clinton Brennan Contest in poetry and short story fiction for non-students, non-professional writers residing in Texas and Oklahoma is funded by Margaret Brennan.

In the poetry contest, first place went to Beth Honeycutt of Denton, second place went to Joseph Weber of Gainesville, third place went to Maryann Sheaff of Denton, and honorable mention went to Hollis Fischer of Irving and William Calhoun of Shady Shores.

In the short story contest, first place went to Carla Hardin of Decatur, second place went to Margette Reid of Oak Point, third place went to Phil Endres of Denton, and honorable mention went to Terry Watkins of Graford and Beth Honeycutt of Denton.

The Ona Roberts Wright Award for Literary Excellence in Prose and the Layuna Hicks Memorial Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry are awarded by the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Language to NCTC students whose entries in the Creative Writing Contests are thought to have outstanding literary merit. The awards are named for two longtime professors of English at NCTC.

The Ona Roberts Wright Award went to Nadiyah Suleiman (Gainesville), while the Layuna Hicks Award went to Thomas Van Hook (Corinth).

For more information about the Creative Writing department at NCTC, visit www.nctc.edu/creativewriting.

 

JERRY SIMPSON MEMORIAL POETRY WINNERS - The Jerry Simpson Memorial Poetry Contest is for middle school students. Winners included (left to right) Angelique Velasquez (first place), Aria Hindman (second place), Lizzy Shuey (honorable mention) and Sharon Tjadramulia (third place). Not pictured is Azaira Chavez (honorable mention).


JERRY SIMPSON MEMORIAL SHORT STORY WINNERS - The Jerry Simpson Memorial Short Story Contest is for middle school students. Winners included (left to right) Sofie Flowers (honorable mention), Lauren Hunter (honorable mention), Emma Valentine (third place), Isabella Lovalvo (second place) and Makenzie Fleitman (first place).



BRAD DILL MEMORIAL POETRY WINNERS ­ - The Brad Dill Memorial Poetry Contest is for high school students. Winners included (left to right) Caris Allen (first place), Natlie Nelson (honorable mention), Daniel Ibarrondo (third place) and Morgan Bartlett (fourth place). Not pictured is Malissa Owen (honorable mention).



BRAD DILL MEMORIAL SHORT STORY WINNERS - The Brad Dill Memorial Short Story Contest is for high school students. Winners included (left to right) Caris Allen (honorable mention), Veronica Whelan (honorable mention), Keleigh Pearson (second place) and Danielle Drews (first place). Not pictured is Lening Gonzalez (third place).


ASPIRING POET WINNERS - The Aspiring Poet Contest is for NCTC students. Winners included (left to right) Leigh Bailey (honorable mention), Preston Sodowsky (third place), Christine Sanders (second place) and Thomas Van Hook (first place). Not pictured is Bryan Montgomery (honorable mention).



GERALD McDANIEL MEMORIAL SHORT STORY WINNERS - The Gerald Green Goforth McDaniel Memorial Short Story Contest is for NCTC Students. Winners included (left to right) Leigh Ann Bailey (second place), Amber Hamilton (honorable mention), Kaitlin Goodrich (third place) and Nadiyah Suleiman (first place). Not pictured is Hayden Brown (honorable mention).


INSPIRED ESSAYIST WINNERS - The Inspired Essayist Contest is for NCTC students. Winners included (left to right) Brittani Gonzales (third place), Angela Williams (second place) and Tamara Gandt (first place). Not pictured is Melissa Sampson (honorable mention).


CLINTON BRENNAN POETRY WINNERS - The Clinton Brennan Poetry Contest is for non-students, non-professional writers residing in Texas or Oklahoma. Winners included (left to right) Beth Honeycutt (first place), Joseph Weber (second place) and Maryann Sheaff (third place). Not pictured are Hollis Fischer (honorable mention) and William Calhoun (honorable mention).



CLINTON BRENNAN SHORT FICTION WINNERS - The Clinton Brennan Short Story Contest is for non-students, non-professional writers residing in Texas or Oklahoma. Winners included Terry Watkins (honorable mention), Beth Honeycutt (honorable mention), Margette Reid (second place) and Carla Hardin (first place). Not pictured is Phil Endres (third place).


ONA ROBERTS WRIGHT AWARD - The Ona Roberts Wright Award for Literary Excellence in Prose is awarded by the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Language to an NCTC student whose entry in the Creative Writing Contest is thought to have outstanding literary merit. This year's Ona Roberts Wright Award went to Nadiyah Suleiman of NCTC Gainesville


LAYUNA HICKS AWARD - The Layuna Hicks Memorial Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry is awarded by the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Language to an NCTC student whose entry in the Creative Writing Contest is thought to have outstanding literary merit. This year's Layuna Hicks Award went to Thomas Van Hook of NCTC Corinth.