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Writing competition winners announced

Winners of the Flo Robinson Literary Competition were announced at a ceremony at the Lincoln Cultural Center April 30.
The 24th annual ceremony began at 7 p.m. with the elementary and middle school participants reading their winning poetry and prose entries. The high school and adult winners began at 8 p.m.
The competition was established by the trustees of the Flo Robinson Estate and the Arts Council of Lincoln County to memorialize Robinson’s lifelong interest in poetry and prose and to encourage local writers in the pursuit of excellence in their craft.
There were a record number of entries totaling 236 from elementary students to adults.
Judging the elementary and middle school entries was Judie Saine, who retired from elementary education at Maiden Elementary School.
Elizabeth Hall was the judge for the high school and adult entries. Hall is retired from Lincoln County Schools.
The awards presentation was followed by a reception at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The contest is supported in part by a grassroots grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Below is a list of the winning entries in each category:

Elementary schools
Prose: “Brighter Days” by Mason Alexander McConnell of Union Elementary earned first place, “If I Could Change History” by Justin Ross Beam of Union Elementary School earned second place and “Broadway Lights” by Bailee Eurey of Norris Childers Elementary earned third place.
Poetry: “The Coming of Spring” by Noah Cline of Union Elementary School earned first place, “Leaves” by Hannah Boyles of North Brook Elementary School earned second place and “I Should Have Studied” by Jayce D. Myers of North Brook Elementary School earned third place.

Middle schools
Prose: “I Can Count To Ten!” by Matthew Gilsdors of Pumpkin Center Middle School earned first place, “Out of Place?” by Mark Christian Fowler II of Lincoln Charter School earned second place and “The Tragedy of the Night” by Tristan Smith of East Lincoln Middle School earned third place.
Poetry: “Rosa Parks” by Cory Smith of West Lincoln Middle School earned first place, “Friends” by Sadie Saine of West Lincoln Middle School earned second place and “The Battle of Tobacco Road” by Brett Thompson of Lincolnton Middle School earned third place.

High schools
Prose: “Untitled” by Evan Tabor of the Lincoln Charter School earned first place, “The Story” by Sean Rauch of West Lincoln High School earned second place and “The Storm” by Erika Kincaid of West Lincoln High School earned third place.
Poetry: “Lovely” by Olivia Reid of West Lincoln High School earned first place, “Prevailing One” by Laura Lynn Barrett of West Lincoln High School earned second place and “The Fridge Elf” by Jordan Cash of West Lincoln High School earned third place.

Adults
Prose: “Sympathy Pies” by Jenny H. Blevins earned first place, “Broken” by Michael John Gehring earned second place and “Chantilly Perfume and a Black Satin Dress” by Jean Skibo earned third place.
Poetry: “I Know My Woods” by Jenny H. Blevins earned first place, “The Trunk” by Frances Mundy earned second place and “A Lesson Learned” by Georgia Baker earned third place.

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