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Winners honored at Creative Writing award ceremony

Date:April 12, 2013


North Central Texas College honored some talented writers and poets at the 47th annual Creative Writing Awards ceremony Friday at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus.

GAINESVILLE – North Central Texas College honored some talented writers and poets at the 47th 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 entrants in nine divisions of competition in the NCTC Creative Writing Awards Contest. Winning entries will be published in the 2013 issues 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.”

Alan Birkelbach, the 2005 Texas Poet Laureate, was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony.

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 Alissa Blalock (Home School), second place went to Katy Bezner (Muenster Sacred Heart), third place went to Samantha Arthur (Argyle Liberty Christian), and honorable mention went to Sawyer Bannister (Hockaday School) and KK Vaughn (Hockaday School).

In the short story contest, first place went to John Kilpatrick (Valley View), second place went to Bridger Smith (Harrah Okla.), third place went to Alissa Blalock (Home School), and honorable mention went to Sydney Koscelnik (Lewisville Huffines MS) and Jill Josefsberg (Denton Immaculate Conception).

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 Benjamin Menard (Argyle Liberty Christian), second place went to Kelsey Doyle (Era), third place went to Colton Morris (Era), and honorable mention went to Tiffany Wang (Denton Guyer) and Sarah Colson (Era).

In the short story contest, first place went to Keleigh Pearson (Lindsay), second place went to Leeawna Deary (Eufala, Okla.), third place went to Katelyn Lester (Justin Northwest), and honorable mention went to Elijah Parr (Argyle Liberty Christian) and Payton Elsey (Argyle Liberty Christian).

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 Krystle Yeley of Bowie, second place went to Joe Weber of Gainesville, third place went to Dillon Enderby of Gainesville, and honorable mention went to Hollis Fischer of Irving and Budd Mahan of Dallas.

In the short story contest, first place went to Phillip Duncan, second place went to Ron Richardson of Whitesboro, third place went to Mary Wise of Van Alstyne, and honorable mention went to Reagan Vestal of Gainesville and Phil Endres of Denton.

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

First place went to Hannah Jacobs (Gainesville), second place went to Melissa Sampson (Gainesville), third place went to Kevin Madsen (Graham), and honorable mention went to Angela Williams (Gainesville) and Kainath Wasim (Flower Mound).

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

First place went to Kainath Wasim (Flower Mound), second place went to Tosha Griggs (Corinth), third place went to Geraden Wilbanks (Corinth), and honorable mention went to Miranda Davis (Gainesville) and Brooke Selman (Corinth).

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 Kainath Wasim (Flower Mound), second place went to Geraden Wilbanks (Corinth), third place went to Jeresia Henson (Corinth and Flower Mound), and honorable mention went to Julie Hagen (Bowie) and Tosha Griggs (Corinth).

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 Melissa Sampson (Gainesville), while the Layuna Hicks Award went to Tosha Griggs (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) K.K. Vaughn of Hockaday School (honorable mention), Sawyer Bannister of Hockaday School (honorable mention), Samantha Arthur of Argyle Liberty Christian (third place), Katy Bezner of Muenster Sacred Heart (second place) and Alissa Blalock of Westmont Christian Academy (first place).


JERRY SIMPSON MEMORIAL SHORT STORY WINNERS – The Jerry Simpson Memorial Short Story Contest is for middle school students. Winners included (left to right) Jilli Josefsberg of Denton Immaculate Conception Catholic School (honorable mention), Sydney Koscelnik of Lewisville Huffines MS (honorable mention), Alissa Blalock of Westmont Christian Academy (third place), Bridger Smith of Harrah, Okla. MS (second place) and John Kilpatrick of Valley View (first place).


BRAD DILL MEMORIAL POETRY WINNERS ­ – The Brad Dill Memorial Poetry Contest is for high school students. Winners included (left to right) Sarah Colson of Era (honorable mention), Colton Morris of Era (third place), Kelsey Doyle of Era (second place) and Benjamin Menard of Argyle Liberty Christian (first place). Not pictured is Tiffany Wang of Denton Guyer (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) Payton Elsey of Argyle Liberty Christian (honorable mention), Katelyn Lester of Justin Northwest (third place) and Keleigh Pearson of Lindsay (first place). Not pictured are Elijah Parr of Argyle Liberty Christian (honorable mention) and Leeawna Deary of Eufaula, Okla. (second place).


ASPIRING POET WINNERS – The Aspiring Poet Contest is for NCTC students. Winners included (left to right) Brooke Selman of NCTC Corinth (honorable mention), Miranda Davis of NCTC Gainesville (honorable mention), Geraden Wilbanks of NCTC Corinth (third place), Tosha Griggs of NCTC Corinth (second place) and Kainath Wasim of NCTC Flower Mound and Corinth (first place).


GERALD McDANIEL MEMORIAL SHORT STORY WINNERS – The Gerald Green Goforth McDaniel Memorial Short Story Contest is for NCTC Students. Winners included (left to right) Tosha Griggs of NCTC Corinth (honorable mention), Julie Hagen of NCTC Bowie (honorable mention), Jeresia Henson of NCTC Corinth and Flower Mound (third place), Geraden Wilbanks of NCTC Corinth (second place) and Kainath Wasim of NCTC Flower Mound and Corinth (first place).


INSPIRED ESSAYIST WINNERS – The Inspired Essayist Contest is for NCTC students. Winners included (left to right) Kainath Wasim of NCTC Flower Mound and Corinth (honorable mention), Angela Williams of NCTC Gainesville (honorable mention), Melissa Sampson of NCTC Gainesville (second place) and Hannah Jacobs of NCTC Gainesville (first place). Not pictured is Kevin Madsen of NCTC Graham (third place).


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) Budd Mahan (honorable mention), Dillon Enderby (third place), Joseph Weber (second place) and Krystle Yeley (first place). Not pictured is Hollis Fischer (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 Mary Phil Endres (honorable mention), Reagan Vestal (honorable mention), Mary Wise (third place), Ron Richardson (second place) and Phillip Duncan (first 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 Melissa Sampson 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 Tosha Griggs of NCTC Corinth.








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