High School Literary Arts Awards & Scholarship Competition

2014 Winners

WINNERS: 2014 HIGH SCHOOL LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

AWF GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE 2014 HIGH SCHOOL LITERARY ARTS AWARDS JUDGES:

CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON: Anita Miller Garner, chair of the HSLAA since 1995, has taught fiction writing at the University of Alabama and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is Professor of English at the University of North Alabama. Undeniable Truths, her collection of short fiction, was released in late 2009. She blogs about Southern Culture at Talking in Accents.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Lanier Isom is a journalist and author living in Birmingham, Alabama. She co-wrote Lilly Ledbetter’s memoir, Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight at Goodyear and Beyond. She is currently at work on a novel.

FICTION: Michael Morris is a fifth generation native of rural Florida and the first in his family to graduate from college. A graduate of Auburn, Morris also holds an MFA from Spalding University. He is the author of four novels, including Man in the Blue Moon, which was named a best book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly and a best book of fiction by the Alabama Library Association.

DRAMA: Michele Eller, a former English and Theatre teacher, is currently Secondary Instructional Coach and Fine Arts Liaison for Elmore County Public Schools. Michele also serves as the secretary for the executive board of the Alabama Conference of Theatre and as the theatre representative for the Alabama Arts Coalition.

POETRY: Susie Paul is associate professor, emerita, and Distinguished Teaching Associate in the AUM Department of English and Philosophy and an adjunct instructor at Huntingdon College.

PORTFOLIO SCHOLARSHIP: Jacqueline Allen Trimble, a native of Montgomery, earned her MA and PhD in English from the University of Alabama. She has taught composition, American Literature, African-American literature, women’s literature, creative writing, Southern literature and critical theory and has won numerous teaching awards. Her poetry collection American Happiness is forthcoming from NewSouth Books. She currently chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.

LITERARY MAGAZINE: Black Warrior Review staff judged the magazine competition this year, including Kirby Johnson, Editor-in-Chief; Robert Hitt, Managing Editor; Connor O’Neil, Nonfiction Editor; and Saeide Mirzaei, Assistant Fiction Editor. All are candidates for the MFA in Creative Writing at the University Of Alabama.

LITERARY ARTS AWARDS BY GENRE

PRIZES: First Place winner receives $150 and the judge’s book. Second Place receives $75 and the judge’s book. Third Place winners receive $50 and the judge’s book. Judge’s Special Recognition winners receive the judge’s book. Certificate winners receive a personalized certificate.

Creative Nonfiction

First Place: Mary Alice Hughes, student of Iris Rinke-Hammer, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Second Place: Norah Madden-Lunsford, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Third Place: Micaela Walley, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

Creative Nonfiction Judge’s Special Recognition

Lydia Oliver, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Alyssa Kennedy, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Caroline Ward, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Danielle Berlin, student of Scott Richburg, The Montgomery Academy
Amanda Daher, student of Cathy Ellison, Geneva High School

Creative Nonfiction Certificates of Merit

Kaitlin Moon, student of Connie Nolen, Pelham High School
Ansley Ayers, student of Molly Watkins, Auburn Junior High School
Amanda Daher, student of Cathy Ellison, Geneva High School
Jasmine Baxter, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Kathryn Clemmons, student of Connie Nolen, Pelham High School
Conrad Schmidt, student of Tonda Jones, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Tahireh Markert, student of Douglas Ray, Indian Springs School
Ameer Hakim, student of Douglas Ray, Indian Springs School
Lindsey Kirk, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Julianna Schock, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Drama

First Place: Megan McDowell, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Second Place: MeMe Collier, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Third Place: Caroline Ward, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School

Drama Judge’s Special Recognition

Alyssa Kennedy, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Hannah Delaine Gulledge, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Lola Holt, student of Christy Ader, Cleburne County High School
Adriane Tharp, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Rachel Tucker, student of Darlene Freemon, Florence High School

Drama Certificates of Merit

Sarah Bragg, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Madison Hunter, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Virginia White, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Joshua J.R. Williams, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Jennifer Norris, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Lacey Ballard, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Book High School
Lewis Fitzpatrick student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Alia Pease, student of Karen Powell, Prattville High School

Fiction

First Place: Dakotah Murphree, student of Iris Rinke-Hammer, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Second Place: Adriane Tharp, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Third Place: Abigail Hagood, student of Scott Richburg, The Montgomery Academy

Fiction Judge’s Special Recognition

Kathleen Toppins, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Arabella Rubino, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Jasmyne Ray, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Ellie Vance, student of Jim Palmer, The Altamont School
Anna Corrine Robertson, student of Darlene Freemon, Florence High School

Fiction Certificates of Merit

Christian Wysmulek, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Emily Shivani Amin, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Jocelyn Dillard, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Adam Woelke, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Christina Collins, student of Tonda Jones, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Tiaya White, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Rebecca Kraver, student of Tonda Jones, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Torey Steele, student of Brandi Clark, Choctaw County High School
Emma Byrd, student of Rocky Moore, Fairhope High School
Mary Mosley, student of Sheila McKibbon, Baldwin County High School

Poetry

First Place: Andrew David Bates, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Second Place: Eli York, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Third Place: Lita Waggoner, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Poetry Judge’s Special Recognition

Eliza Graham, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Adriane Tharp, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Adam Woelke, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Ceri-Lune Renneboog, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Kathryn Hargett, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Haley Giffin, student of Connie Nolen, Pelham High School
Kaleena Jacobson, student of Renee Quaife, Sparkman High School
Lauren Harris, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Sarah Polhill, student of Jim Palmer, The Altamont School
Za’Cheria Smith, student of Karla Johnson, Charles Henderson High School

Poetry Certificates of Merit

Jaylon Underwood, student of Amy Marchino, Homewood High School
Madison Hunter, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
John O’Malley, student of Douglas Ray, Indian Springs School
Cheyenne Dalton, student of Holly Michaels, Scottsboro High School
Robin Marie McDaniel, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Name Withheld, student of Marlin Barton, Lurleen B. Wallace School
Kira Belcher, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Kierstein Williams, student of Erica Massey, John L. LeFlore High School
Rachel Cunningham, student of Renee Quaife, Sparkman High School
Rachel Heard, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Katharine Conaway, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Nikki Sullivan, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Mary Butgereit, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Name Withheld, student of Marlin Barton, Lurleen B. Wallace School
Sarah Mathews, student of Darlene Freemon, Florence High School
Julianna Schock, student of Kwoya Maples, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Jake Fuqua, student of Amy Marchino, Homewood High School
Bentley King, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Jessica Carley Sexton, student of Rebecca Sims, Highland Home School

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (seniors). Award: $500 cash to use toward college of recipient’s choice.

Christian Wysmulek, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, winner of the Ruth & Jay Ott Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Mary Butgereit, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School, winner of the Mozelle Purvis Shirley Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Adelaide Dunn, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School, winner of the Lindsey Stricklin Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Seth Perlman, student of Douglas Ray, Indian Springs School, winner of the Michael Morris Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Mary Mosley, student of Sheila McKibbon, Baldwin County High School, winner of the Alabama Writers’ Forum Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Jessica Orcutt, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts, winner of the Leah Marks Memorial Senior Portfolio Scholarship

LITERARY MAGAZINE COMPETITION

Exceptional Literary Content

Winner: Cadence ( Alabama School of Fine Arts)
Editors: Emma Herr, Ceri-Lune Renneboog (editors-in-chief), students of Stuart Flynn $150 to the magazine

Judge’s Special Recognition for Exceptional Literary Content

More Than Words (Pelham High School)
Editors: Kane Agan, Sarah Sansom, students of Connie Nolen $50 to the magazine

Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout

Winner: The Artisan (Briarwood Christian School)
Editors: Virginia Baumbach, Catherine Duffee, Rachel Sinclair, students of Jon Carter $150 to the magazine

Judge’s Special Recognition for Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout

The Torch (Scottsboro High School)
Editor: Cheyenne Dalton, student of Holly Michaels $50 to each magazine
More Than Words ( Pelham High School)
Editors: Kane Agan, Sarah Sansom, students of Connie Nolen $50 to each magazine

Certificates of Merit for Literary Magazine

Graphophobia (Booker T. Washington Magnet High School)
Editor: Jay Smith, student of Foster Dickson
Silhouette (Sparkman High School)
Editor: Rebecca McDaniel, student of Renee Quaife
Esse (Oak Mountain High School)
Editors: Carley Dempsey, Derrick Jones, students of Stacey Blakemore
Signatures (Florence High School)
Editor: Thomas Solomon, student of Darlene Freemon
Real Talk/Harmonious Lee (Lee High School)
Editor: Ariel Cochran, student of Michelle Sisson