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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

D.W. Daniel, Walhalla High School Students Win Top Honors at Tri-County's Annual Writing Contest


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- The prose and poetry of young writers from area high schools were highlighted Daniel Winnersat Tri-County Technical College’s Ruby S. Hicks Memorial Writing Contest Awards Ceremony held April 11.

Seniors from D.W. Daniel and Walhalla High Schools took top awards in the poetry and short story categories. 

Lucy Appling, of Daniel High, won first place in the poetry category and received $150 and a plaque.

Winning first place in the short story category was Lindsey Yingst, of Walhalla High.  She also received $150 and a plaque.   Hanna Winners
Other winners include:

Emily Medders, a senior at Daniel High School, won second place in the poetry category.  She received a plaque and $75.  Winning third place in the poetry category was Nicole Carter, a junior at West-Oak High School.  She received $50 and a plaque.

Michelle Tuten, a senior at Pendleton High School, won second place in the short story category and received a $75 award.

Liberty WinnerJed Grant, a junior at Daniel, won third place in the short story category and received $50.

Honorable mentions for the short story category went to Danielle Pickens, of Pendleton High, and Laura Posey and Heather Satterfield, both of T.L. Hanna High School.  They each received $20.

Honorable mentions for the poetry category went to Brandon Barker, of West-Oak High, Jonathan Colberg of Daniel, and Stephanie Vincent, of Liberty High.  They each received $20.

Since 1986, the event has recognized the creative writing abilities of area high school students.  Pendleton WinnersSeveral years ago, the English Department renamed its annual writing contest to honor the late Ruby S. Hicks for her patronage, her encouragement and her friendship.  For years, Mrs. Hicks graciously donated funds and encouraged the College to continue recognizing the creative talents of area high school students with an annual contest.  Tri-County Technical College's Foundation sponsored the event.

For the sixth consecutive year, Mike and Brenda Cannon of Anderson are the patrons of the contest.  Mr. and Mrs. Cannon, in honor of their sons, Brooks and Ross, funded the cash awards for the winners of the West Oak WinnersWalhalla Winnerwriting competition.  “Because the Cannons love literature and believe that every budding writer’s literary inventions benefit not only the author but also the reader, the Cannons have become patrons of the Writing Contest,” said English Department Head Robin McFall.