In statewide writing competition, Frederick County Public Schools’ students brought home five of the eight first-place Young Authors Contest awards for grades 6-12. Oakdale High School senior Marcus Pearson placed first statewide in both the poetry and short story contests for grade 12. Oakdale High School junior Cassandra Rutledge placed first statewide in the short story contest for grade 11. Windsor Knolls Middle School student Evelyn Stewart placed first in the poetry contest for grade 8. New Market Middle School student Caroline Gove placed first in the short story contest for grade 6.
In addition, at the elementary level, Centerville Elementary student Caedence Huffman is the statewide winner in the poetry contest for grade 4, Glade Elementary student Emma Hormes is the statewide winner in the short story contest for grade 2, and New Market Elementary student Siena King is the statewide winner in the poetry contest for grade 2.
The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) sponsored the contest. The Frederick County Literacy Chapter (FCLC) of the association announces the following winners of countywide competition. In poetry, grades 12 through 2: Marcus Pearson, Natalie Flynn, Divina Bhatia, Francesca Hubbard, Evelyn Stewart, Henry Maubert, Evelyn Valentine, Nitya Rishi, Caedence Huffman, Olivia Radebe and Siena King. In short story, grades 12 through 2: Marcus Pearson, Cassandra Rutledge, Joy Campbell, Hannah Frey, Hisham Virk, Hailey Martin, Caroline Gove, Josie Breedon, Kat Medelin, Mirra Burwell and Emma Hormes.
FCLC co-president Sally Marin says that she and co-president Lori Barrick “are thrilled that our Frederick County students won 10 of 22 state awards. We appreciate the many teachers and students who participated!”