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Two Sisters Win 2016 Children’s Short Story Contest

Kimberly McClain - 1st place Age 12 & Under jpg RS

Age Group 12 and under: First Place – Kimberly McClain

 This year the Friends of the Black Mountain Library gave two first place awards to two sisters in different age categories for their annual short story contest. Kimberly McClain and Kayla McClain both received awards this year. With a grandfather who was a writer before he retired, they seem to have a natural talent for writing. The two girls have been home schooled by their mother.

Kayla McClain - 1st place 13-17 age group RS

Kayla McClain

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library received 27 short story entries for a contest they have sponsored for many years. There are two categories: Age group 12 and under and Age Group 13 to 17. This year the Library received 37 short story entries. A panel of six impartial judges read and scored each story The judges. who are often retired teachers and/or people who have worked in the corporate world, base their decisions on good sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, the interest of the story and character development. They are given no information at all on the writers of the story. This year’s winners are:

Age Group 12 and under: First Place – Kimberly McClain

Second Place was a tie: Olive Gruver and Emma Fee-Prince

Olive Gruver - 2nd place tie 12 and under sm

Olive Gruver

Emma Fee-Prince - 2nd place Tie 12 & under SM

Emma Fee-Prince

Age Group 13 – 17: First Place – Kayla McClain

Second Place – Dominic Rajagopal

Dominic Rajagopal - 2nd place Age 13 - 17 sm

Dominic Rajagopal

Merle Arcand, a long time Library board member, is the Program Chair this year. The 1st place winner in both age brackets is awarded $100; the 2nd place winner receives $50. A ceremony is held at the Black Mountain library to present the awards. The participating students come from many schools, with three winners this year having been home schooled.


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