WriteNow! High School Writing Contest Award Ceremony

Opening Remarks

Poetry

9th & 10th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Anna Rose, “Blind Divisions” PDF

• Award of Merit: Arianna Vann-Cook, “Unease” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Arianna Vann-Cook, “For Jaycee” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Greta Cunningham, “How We Talk” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Wonser Mongrue, “Not Finished Yet” PDF, WATCH

11th & 12th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Paige Miller, “If Paintings Were Poems” PDF

• Award of Merit: Charlotte Perron, “Paradox” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Paige Miller, “Grand Marais, Minnesota” PDF

Most years the poems submitted reflect the turbulence in society, or the state of injustice in your schools, in your homes.[…] Your words are powerful. Poetry is a vehicle of revealing your truth.


– Mary Kolles, Poetry Judge

Short Story

9th & 10th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Ari Shimek, “Surface Report #8391192572” PDF

• Award of Merit: Arianna Vann-Cook, “Significant Figures” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Celia Fuhrman, “Why Are You Here?” PDF

11th & 12th Grade



• Award of Excellence: Paige Miller, “Black Pearls in an Amber Sea” PDF

• Award of Merit: Madeline Taipale, “Futility” PDF

• Honorable Mention: Phoebe Diez, “The Shadow” PDF


Creative Nonfiction

9th & 10th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Arianna Vann Cook, “The Words We Never Exchanged” PDF

• Award of Merit: Ofelia Louise Pineda, “Hide-and-Seek” PDF

11th & 12th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Hannah Rose Bruentrup, “Addictive” PDF

• Award of Merit: Paige Miller, “A Little Red Journal, You Can Read it if You Want” PDF

It’s great to make an uncomfortable admission in your work. Blank honesty is always compelling and this writer gets that.


– Mary Jane LaVigne, Creative Nonfiction Judge

Persuasive Essay

9th & 10th Grade




• Award of Excellence: Sara McBride, “Environmental Racism: How Environmental Hazards Disproportionately Affect Communities of Color” PDF

• Award of Merit: Reece Blankenship, “Ditching Diet Culture” PDF

“One thing that particularly impressed me about this year’s entries was [the writers’] ability to control their own voice and style.”


– Anne Swanson, Persuasive Essay Judge


Special thank you to our school coordinators, who encourage their students to participate in WriteNow!

Joshua Lehr
Joshua Lane
Jennifer Kirkham
John Forestell
Rachel Steil
Kelley Ungerecht
Christine Alexander
Jackie Halverson


A warm thank you to our WriteNow! supporters:

Sharon & Eric Castren
Hungry Women Book Club
Constance Kunin
Que Sera Sera Book Club



Bonus Material!


• Read poetry judge Anne Picard’s poem “Pressure”, inspired by this year’s entries: PDF

• Read poetry judge Mary Kolle’s remarks in full: PDF

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