Johnston Community College recently recognized students for their outstanding poetry and prose in the 2016 Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Contest.
Christina Coomer of Clayton was the grand prize winner for her prose entry, “Runaway.”
In the prose category, John Bennett of Clayton won first place, Roosevelt Conyers of Garner placed second, and Tropica Peters of Spring Lake was third. In the poetry category, Breyia Spruill of Selma won first place, Marissa Pender of Clayton was second, and John Bennett of Clayton placed third.
Croomer received a tablet and a cash prize for her grand-prize writing. All other winners received cash prizes generated from the Cynthia DeFord Adams scholarship endowment.
Bennett, who placed in both prose and poetry, is transferring to N.C. State University this fall. He said he took part in the contest because of the encouragement and support of his instructor and parents. “I was so thankful to win, because I wanted my teacher and parents to be proud of me,” he said.
Cynthia DeFord Adams was the first donor to the JCC Foundation. A Four Oaks native, she established a scholarship endowment in 1982 to support literary writing. This year’s Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Competition received a record number of 57 prose and poetry entries.