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Students sweep writing, poetry contest

Group photo of winners
Students from JFS swept both the short story and poetry competition in the Tri-Cities Woman’s Club Writing Contest.  
 
Winning the short story competition was Madeline Mariano, with her story “The Conundrum of the Missing Pencil,” a work of metafiction expressing the theory that everyone needs to rely on others for assistance, but anyone volunteering that assistance, particularly family members, needs to be thoroughly vetted.  Taking second place was Samuel Baird with his story “Golden Horizon,” which details the adventures of a gold prospector in 1849. In third place was Desiree Dupuy, with her story “The List,” which through detailing the travails of a heart transplant recipient addresses the perseverance of the human spirit.  

In the poetry competition, Michael Mancini took first place with his poem “Christmas Train” which appears to be the simple tale of a toy train circling a Christmas tree but is actually an extended metaphor for Friedrich Nietzsche's doctrine of Eternal Recurrence. Luke Pylypciw placed second with his poem “Winter,” which examines the anticipation we all feel toward major milestones in our lives. Taking third place in the contest was Zoey Steele with her poem, “Do Not Wear a Hat if it’s Not Snowing,” which demonstrates the concept that all of life’s events are interlinked into a grand unified scheme.    

First place winners received $25.  Second place in each division received $15, and third place earned $10.  This competition is between writers from Union-Endicott, Vestal, and Maine-Endwell. The first place stories and poems moved on to the district competition, where both Madeline and Michael took second place.
 
As an added prize, all students received one Blackwing 6021 pencil, which the author John Steinbeck used to write his famous novel East of Eden, in the hope that, like Steinbeck, they too will go on to become Nobel Prize-winning authors. Congratulations!  
 
Pictured, left to right are:
Front row: Madeline Mariano, Mrs. Dorothy Bachman from the Tri-Cities Woman’s Club, Desiree Dupuy, Michael Mancini.  
Back row: Samuel Baird, Zoey Steele, Luke Pylypciw
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