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Several students received awards in this year’s creative writing contest sponsored by the Missouri State University-West Plains Department of English and Writing Center, and they were recognized during the annual Celebration of Leaders student awards ceremony April 18 at the West Plains Civic Center theater.  From left are Associate Professor of English Anthony Priest and winners Kadie Tyler and Brian Hite, both of West Plains, Lemuel Emunah of Dora, Othniel Emunah, who accepted the award given to Zerubbabel Emunah of Dora, and Sonrisa Holmes, Willow Springs.  Emmily Andrews, West Plains, also was a winner in the contest.  (Missouri State-West Plains photo)

Several students received awards in this year’s creative writing contest sponsored by the Missouri State University-West Plains Department of English and Writing Center, and they were recognized during the annual Celebration of Leaders student awards ceremony April 18 at the West Plains Civic Center theater.  From left are Associate Professor of English Anthony Priest and winners Kadie Tyler and Brian Hite, both of West Plains, Lemuel Emunah of Dora, Othniel Emunah, who accepted the award given to Zerubbabel Emunah of Dora, and Sonrisa Holmes, Willow Springs.  Emmily Andrews, West Plains, also was a winner in the contest.  (Missouri State-West Plains photo)

(West Plains) – Missouri State University- West Plains had five students win top honors at the campus’ annual creative writing contest sponsored by the English Department and the Student advisement and Academic Support (SAAS) Center’s Writing Lab.

First, second, and third place winners respectively received prize money in the amount of $35 and $20 and a copy of Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, the university’s literary journal, in each of three categories- essay, fiction and poetry.

Sonrisa Holmes of Willow Springs won first place in the essay category for her piece “Respect for the Dead: Are Corpses More Revered Than the Living?”

Brian Hite of West Plains received second place for his essay “Death to the Individual” and Kadie Tyler of West Plains took third place with the essay “Plagiarism.”

For the fiction category, Holmes again placed first for her story “Weary,” a tale about a fairytale godmother who is rescued by a veteran soldier and offers him a wish. Hite earned second place with “Static”, and Emmily Andrews, West Plains, placed third for her piece “White Rabbit in Aster Fields.”

In poetry, Lemuel Emunah, Dora, took first and second place for his pieces “Adoxography” and “Steam Powered,” and Zerubbabel Emunah, also of Dora, placed third for his poem “Intruder.”

Organizers said they received 29 entries for this year’s contest – five essays, 17 poems and seven short stories. “I’m proud of all the winners, but I have to admit I was proud two of the winning authors worked at the Tutoring Lab,” said Writing Specialist Alexandra Graham, pointing to winners Lemuel Emunah and Holmes.

Copies of the first, second and third place entries in each category can be viewed online through SAAS’ website, http://wp.missouristate.edu/saas/Contest.htm.

For more information about the contest, contact Graham at 417-255-7942.

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