AUGUSTA, Maine — Three high school students have been chosen as the winners of the Maine Community College System’s A Journey Into Writing contest and named 2013 Governor’s Young Writers of the Year.
They are: Emily Evans of Searsport and Arianna Tang of Frankfort, both juniors at Searsport District High School, and Fadumo Musse, a junior at Lewiston High School. A Journey Into Writing is open to all high school juniors and home-schooled students of the same age.
The three students were each presented with an award and a $2,500 check by First Lady Ann LePage in a ceremony at the Blaine House in June. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons joined her in presenting the awards.
“As a system, we are very proud to showcase the talent of high school students from across Maine,” said President Fitzsimmons at the awards ceremony, according to a press release. “These accomplished young writers’ innate talent has been nurtured by their teachers, who have allowed their skills to develop and now be recognized as the best in Maine.”
Evans won for her essay “The Lake House;” Tang won for her essay “Sunny Side Up;” and Musse won for her essay “The Land of my Memories.” The judges for the ninth annual contest were noted Maine authors Susan Kenney, Lewis Robinson and Bill Roorbach. The contest is generously supported by U.S. Cellular, which has provided $80,000 in prize money to contest finalists since the program was established in 2005.
The three winners were chosen from five finalists out of a total of 137 entries in this year’s contest, representing more than 40 Maine high schools. The two other finalists were Noah Ransom of Limerick, a junior at Maine School of Science and Mathematics, and Emily Marquis of Waterboro, a junior at Massabesic High School. These two students will each receive a plaque and a check for $500. Over the past nine years, more than 1,900 Maine students have submitted entries for the writing contest.
To enter the contest, students submit a short story, essay, or poem of up to 1,500 words. More information about the contest, including this year’s top five entries, is available at http://writing.mccs.me.edu/