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SC High School Writing Contest

SC High School Writing Contest
Posted on 10/06/2017
SC High School Writing Contest Winners Announced Columbia, SC—The University of South Carolina Honors College and University of South Carolina Press have announced the winners of the fourth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Grand Judges Pam Durban and Nikky Finney judged the writings of the semi-finalists, 71 juniors and seniors, each of whom submitted two pieces of writing. The winners are: SENIOR CLASS: Honorable Mention: Shionnah Wallace of McClellanville, Charleston County School of the Arts JUNIOR CLASS: Honorable Mention: Taylor Kahn-Perry, Charleston County School of the Arts Honorable Mention: Courtney Wickstrom of Charleston, Charleston County School of the Arts Durban and Finney follow three distinguished South Carolina writers as the contest’s grand judges: the late Pat Conroy, an internationally known novelist; Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate; and Mary Alice Monroe, a New York Times bestselling novelist. The work of the finalists—which includes poetry, fiction, drama and essays—will be published by the University of South Carolina Press under its Young Palmetto Books imprint. Writing South Carolina: Selections from the Fourth High School Writing Contest will be available for sale and online. The Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort and the South Carolina State Library in Columbia are presenting partners of the contest. Winners and finalists will receive cash awards. First-place winners receive $1,000; second-place winners receive $500; third-place winners receive $250. The first-place winner in the senior class receives the Walter Edgar Award, funded by South Carolina Honors College alumnus Thad Westbrook and named for the well-known USC professor and South Carolina historian. The second-place winner receives the Dorothy S. Williams Award, which is funded by an anonymous donor and named for the late public school educator in Anderson County. The finalists whose writings also will be published are: JUNIOR CLASS Bailey Abedon, Charleston County School of the Arts Malachi Jones, Charleston County School of the Arts