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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,

Easley, T.L. Hanna High School Students Win Top Honors at Tri-County's Annual Writing Contest


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Students from Easley and T.L. Hanna high schools took first-place honors in the Easley High School Winnerspoetry and short story categories at Tri-County Technical College's Ruby S. Hicks Memorial Writing Contest Awards Ceremony.

The event, held February 18, recognizes the creative writing abilities of area high school students. Waldrop High School Winner

Winning first place in the poetry category was Christine Swanson, a junior at Easley High School.  She received $150 and a plaque.  Kindele Waldrop, a senior at Pickens High School, won second place and received a $75 award and plaque.  Colby Carter, a sophomore at Easley, received the third-place prize and a plaque and $25.

Hanna High School WinnersT.L. Hanna students took home two major awards in the short story category – Dillon McDougald, a senior, won first place and received $150 and a plaque.  Katie Skawski, also a senior, took second place.  She received a plaque and $75.  Capturing the third-place prize was Eric Day, a senior at Crescent High School.  He received a plaque and $25.Crescent High School Winner


Other winners include:

Honorable mentions for the short story category went to Austin Kunzler, a ninth-grader at Easley High School, Danielle Lombardi, a sophomore at New Covenant School, and Jonathan Watson, a senior at New Covenant.  They each received $20.

New Covenant High School Winners
Honorable mentions for the poetry category went to Evonne Gonzalez, a junior at West-Oak High School; Austin Nix, a sophomore at Easley; and Frances Parrish, a sophomore at Easley.  They each received $20.

For the eighth 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 writing competition. Ms. Gonzalez from West-OakHigh School

Since 1986, the event has recognized the creative writing abilities of area high school students.  Several 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.