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Wake County students win Raleigh Fine Arts Society writing contest

2017 winners of Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest and society representatives. From left to right: front row: John Bemis, speaker; Hannah DeMaio Newton; Lily Eliana Levin; Binita Thapa; Ellie Baker; Nadah Saleh; Chancy Kapp, contest Chair. Second row: Linda Patton Lytvinenko; Anamitraa Dutta; V Tacker; Pooja Murarisetty; Savarni Sanka; Rebecca West; Carroll Clancy, society president. Third row: Regan Curtis; Isabelle Nechvatal; Juliette Ellis; Margaret Hall; Alyssa Rorie. Back Row: Grady Davis; Elle Hodges; Clay Oxford; Meredith Brown.
2017 winners of Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest and society representatives. From left to right: front row: John Bemis, speaker; Hannah DeMaio Newton; Lily Eliana Levin; Binita Thapa; Ellie Baker; Nadah Saleh; Chancy Kapp, contest Chair. Second row: Linda Patton Lytvinenko; Anamitraa Dutta; V Tacker; Pooja Murarisetty; Savarni Sanka; Rebecca West; Carroll Clancy, society president. Third row: Regan Curtis; Isabelle Nechvatal; Juliette Ellis; Margaret Hall; Alyssa Rorie. Back Row: Grady Davis; Elle Hodges; Clay Oxford; Meredith Brown. Courtesy of Lochie Overbey

Students from six Wake County high schools won awards for their writing skills at the 39th annual literary competition sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

The short-story writing competition offers recognition and cash prizes for students, their teachers and their schools. It’s open to any student currently enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12 in any public or private high school in Wake County.

The Phil Patton Award for Overall Best Story went to Binita Thapa, a junior at Broughton High School in Raleigh, for her story “The Mesa.” Her teacher is Tiffany Long.

The Mildred Dwyer Patton Award for Overall Second Place went to Ellie Baker, a senior at St. David’s School in Raleigh, for her story “Under the Flags.” Her teacher is Sarah Jane Keegan.

The Dave Patton Award for Best Story by a Varsity Athlete went to Lily Eliana Levin, a swimmer and sophomore at Cary Academy, for her story “Forecasting Ohio.” Her teacher is Kara Caccuitto.

Other award winners are:

▪ First Place Senior– Nada Saleh from Enloe High School in Raleigh, teacher Joyce Nelson;

▪ First Place Junior – Hannah DeMaioNewton from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ First Place Sophomore – Margaret Hall from Enloe, teacher Jenny Ayers;

▪ Second Place Senior (tie) – V Tacker from Broughton, teacher Tanya Merchant;

▪ Second Place Senior (tie) – Rebecca West from Broughton, teacher Tanya Merchant;

▪ Second Place Junior– Meredith Brown from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ Second Place Sophomore – Anamitraa Dutta from Raleigh Charter High School, teacher Lisa Springle;

▪ Honorable Mention – Regan Curtis from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ Honorable Mention – Grady Davis from Raleigh Charter, teacher Sera Arcaro;

▪ Honorable Mention – Juliette Ellis from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, teacher Alison Chemin;

▪ Honorable Mention – Elle Hodges from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ Honorable Mention – Pooja Murarisetty from Enloe, teacher Joyce Nelson;

▪ Honorable Mention – Isabelle Nechvatal,from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ Honorable Mention – Clay Oxford from Broughton, teacher Babs Nichols;

▪ Honorable Mention – Alyssa Rorie from Enloe, teacher Priscilla Chappell;

▪ Honorable Mention – Savarni Sanka from Enloe, teacher Joyce Nelson.

The 19 winners were honored at a ceremony in April. Go to http://bit.ly/2rMdSjG to read their fiction stories.

The 2017-2018 Literary Contest will open for student submissions in the fall. Go to https://www.ralfinearts.org/ for more information.

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