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Winners of the Professional Writers of Prescott Short Story student writing contest are, from left, Zara Glidden, Sophia Corradi (Liberty Traditional School), Johan Glidden, Hannah Lennon (Humboldt Elementary School), Glory Glidden, Serene Aviles, Ivy Broiles, and Gabby Duchesne. Not pictured is Abby Nelson.
The search for a beloved pet via time warp, the loss of a friend, and a teen living on the fringe - all take place within short stories in the Professional Writers of Prescott writing contest for students.
The top three authors in each of three grade categories read from their entries this past Saturday at the Prescott Public Library during an awards ceremony. The nine students each received a certificate and $25.
Judges selected the winning stories from 30 entries. Each submission did not contain the name of the entrant, and was less than 3,000 words, said Susan Lanning, retired English teacher and local author.
"There were so many fine examples of writing, with strength of story, development of characters, and description," Lanning said.
Hannah Lennon won first place for her story, A Wonderful Friendship, in the elementary category. Hannah is a fourth-grader at Humboldt Elementary School. She wrote about a friendship between two young girls that broke up when one moved away, and how the lonely friend left behind struggled to find another best friend.
Fourth-grader Abby Nelson won second place with Potter's Adventure. Abby is homeschooled. Serene Aviles, third-grader from Sacred Heart School, won third place with One Sleeping Leaf.
In the middle school group, sixth-grader Sophia Corradi from Liberty Traditional School in Prescott Valley earned first place with Time Dog. Her story involved the loss and recovery of Molly, a border collie, through a time machine.
Glory Glidden, homeschooled eighth-grader, won second place with Ruby. Gabby Duchesne, eighth-grader at Granite Mountain Middle School, took third place with Pinepaw's Decision.
Johan Glidden, homeschooled tenth-grader, brought home first place with Inside the Mind of a Problem Ender, the tale of Joseph, a good-hearted, if mixed-up, 17-year-old living with dysfunctional family members.
In second place, Zara Glidden, homeschooled senior, won with The World is White. Ivy Broiles, homeschooled junior, earned third place with Palaces.
PWP sponsored the annual contest along with the Prescott and Prescott Valley Public libraries.
"What this love of the written word does for us throughout the years is deep and lasting," Lanning said. "More than just a way to express ourselves, writing develops our thoughts and even our own characters. It makes us better people."