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The Department of English and Modern Languages at Mount St. Joseph University is hosting its 21st Annual Writing Contest.

The School of Arts and Humanities at Mount St. Joseph University is hosting its 21st Annual Writing Contest.

High school sophomores from around the Greater Cincinnati area submitted pieces in the following categories for cash prizes:

  • Fiction 
  • Personal Essay
  • Poetry

Writing Contest 2017 Contestants 

Among the Contestants were, left to right, front row: Destinylynn Riegger, Erin Bell, Emily Wieczorkowski, Justin Bourne, Olivia Ossege and Alexandra Ragland; back row: Riley Schalk, Chloe Kretschmar, Maddie Corbett, Michael Goodin, Jane Cole, Jenna Treinen, Emma Miller and Katelyn Rousch.

Writing Contest 2017 Judges

Among the judges were, left to right, front row: Elizabeth Mason, Megan Simmermeyer, Brittany Hein, Lindsey Potzick and Danielle Watkins; back row: Jeffrey Hillard, Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Michael Mullin, Joey Piazza, Karl Zuelke.

Winners of the 2016 Writing Contest

Personal Essay

  • First Place: Alexandra Ragland, The Summit Country Day
  • Honorable Mention: Olivia Ossege, Notre Dame Academy
  • Honorable Mention: Katelyn Rousch, Ross High School

Fiction

Poetry

  • First Place: Erin Bell, Mount Notre Dame High School
  • Honorable Mention: Chloe Kretschmar, Mount Notre Dame High School
  • Honorable Mention: Destinylynn L. Reigger, Norwood High School

High Schools Represented in Writing Contest

  • Anderson High School
  • Clermont Northeastern High School
  • Covington Catholic High School
  • East Central High School
  • Glen Este High School
  • Goshen High School
  • Lebanon High School
  • Loveland High School
  • Moeller High School
  • Mount Notre Dame High School
  • Norwood High School
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Oak Hills High School
  • Seton High School
  • Simon Kenton High School
  • South Dearborn High School
  • St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School
  • St. Xavier High School
  • The Summit Country Day School
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Walnut Hills High School
  • Westerville North High School

2016 Writing Contest Participants

  • Madison Adkins
  • Colin Adler
  • Lynn Ahrens
  • Kelly Aug
  • Alec Ballman
  • Katelyn Barnes
  • Jack Berding
  • Elaine Bodenburg
  • Isaac Boldery
  • Will Bower
  • Allie Brookbank
  • Johnathan Browning
  • Abby Bruns
  • Kelsey Butz
  • Emily Carter
  • Christopher Chandler
  • Julian Chapman
  • Randi Chundrlek
  • Reilly Cochran
  • Gabrielle Cochran
  • Ellee Cornett
  • Callie Crabb
  • Sarah Crable
  • Ethan Craig
  • T.J. Dailey
  • Whitney Damson
  • Drew Danneman
  • Cherokee Davidson
  • Becky Davila-Lopez
  • Joseph Delamerced
  • Avery Dietz
  • Delaney Dunster
  • Morgan Edwards
  • Taylor Eiting
  • Parker Entrup
  • Sutton Eyer
  • Nina Gearhart
  • Hank Green
  • Audrey Hardig
  • Alexandra Holland
  • Brooke Hollandsworth
  • India Hooks
  • Katherine Horsford
  • Taylor Hurley
  • Ander Jackson
  • Caroline Jackson
  • Ashley Jeffers
  • Sydney Jefferson
  • Kinsley Johnson
  • Rylee Jung
  • Iris Kim
  • Sammie Kleier
  • Emily Kuntz
  • Essenam Lamewona
  • Lauren Lautermilch
  • Alisa Lockett
  • Ashley Love
  • Tyler MacKnight
  • Jack Maile
  • Ashley Martin
  • Cole McGinnis
  • Louise McKinney
  • Moira Metz
  • Erin Miller
  • Miranda Pacheco
  • Ruku Pal
  • Destiny Parsons
  • Kasey Pot
  • Noah Reed
  • Kevan Ridley
  • Taylor Robinson
  • Emma Rodrigo
  • Brooke Rouse
  • Madison Schilling
  • Patrick Schulteis
  • Mary Scott
  • Maya Sepalueda
  • Madelyn Shea
  • Jenna Simpson
  • Allison Singleton
  • Kiley Smith
  • Gabrielle Smith
  • Maribeth Stafford
  • Natalie Steibel
  • Audrey Stevenson
  • Lauren Stevenson
  • Lauren Timmins
  • Samuel Vocke
  • Lily Vu
  • Grace Wetzel
  • Victoria Wilhelmy
  • Megan Willenborg
  • Ming Waih Wong
  • Burgess
  • Emily Workman
  • Brittney Wynkoop
  • Kendall Young