Creative Writing Contests for Middle school
Two Southside High School students have won top honors in The Applause Annual High School Creative Writing Contest at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Grant Sampson won first place for his poem "Remembrance" and first place for his short story "The Shadow in the Pines." Ciara Harmon received second place for her poem “The Consuming Sea.” The students have been invited to attend the awards ceremony at UA Fort Smith, which will be held on Monday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. The student writers who produce Applause judged the event. One of the student judges told Grant that the judges thoroughly enjoyed reading his work and that he is “a gifted writer.” A faculty adviser, Carol Westcamp, said she and her students enjoyed reading the variety of works submitted by Southside High School students.
“These young writers certainly have some creative writing skills and show much promise!” she said. Tim Bennett, Creative Writing Club adviser at SHS, said the winning entries point to a culture of literacy at SHS.
“Some of the student work I see is stunning, ” he said. “I am really proud that our school encourages students to put themselves ‘out there.’”