Students from UEHS and JFS recently participated in the short story and poetry competition for the 2020 Tri-Cities Woman’s Club Writing Contest. For the middle school category, JFS students swept the competition and took first, second, and third places with their short stories and poems, while competing with two other area school districts.
Winning the short story competition was Reese D, with her story, “Whispers of Life,” a piece that incorporates both fantasy and the beauty of nature. Placing second was Regan Paulo, with her story "The Change in Me,” a story about a young girl whose life transforms after battling a life-threatening illness. Sean Queor took third with his story about the impact World War II had on someone living in Europe during that time.
In the poetry division, Giada Circensi won first place for her poem, “We All Must Go On,” which is about how one must have hope for the future, no matter what has happened in the past. Allison Mariano took second place for her poem, "Greta,” which is a tribute to Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist. Reese D received the third-place award for her poem, "Spring,” a commentary on the importance of retaining our child-like innocence and creative abilities as we mature.
At the high school level, Samuel Bierworth placed third in the short story category with his story, “Mr. Smile,” which is an action-packed chilling tale.
Dorothy Bachman, President of the Tri-Cities Writing Club, would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who participated. She encourages all students to continue writing and to consider submitting a poem or short story next fall.