Creative writing talent was showcased in a recent awards ceremony at Paris Junior College.
Ceremony organizer and PJC English instructor Marsha Dennis thanked the presenters and contestants and welcomed guest speaker Sharon Dennehy, retired PJC journalism instructor.
Evyn McGraw of Greenville received the Outstanding Student in English award.
Leticia Yanez of Sulphur Springs received the Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language for the second year in a row.
Yuliana Morales of Paris was named Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language and received her award from Spanish instructor Mayra Cummings.
Winners receiving writing awards by category include:
Regional Literature: First, “A City from Two Sides,” David Sleeper of Royse City, PJC-Greenville Center.
Poetry: First, “Sunday Morning Masquerade,” Mayzie Purviance of Bogata, PJC – Paris campus; third, “Those Winsome Days,” David Sleeper of Royse City, PJC – Greenville campus.
Short Story: Second, David Sleeper of Royse City, PJC – Greenville Center; fifth, “The Sacrifice,” Hailey Halbert of Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Bluff High School.
Argumentative/Informative Essay: First, “Illegal Immigration,” Jacob Dudley of McKinney, PJC – Greenville Center; fourth, “Martial Literature: “The Stories of War,” David Sleeper of Royse City, PJC – Greenville Center.
Research Essay with Documentation: First, “Dystopian Society,” Katelyn Allen of Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Bluff High School; second, “Dystopian Society,” Taylor Self of Sulphur Bluff, Sulphur Bluff High School; third, “The Importance of Vaccinations,” Katie Watson of Paris, Paris High School.