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Creative Writers Win Big in Local Contest

Mar 07 2023

Carroll County Schools students were big winners in the 2023 High School Creative Writing Contest organized by the Carrollton Writers Guild and hosted by the Carrollton Center for the Arts. The annual competition features literary artists in Grades 9 – 12 who write poetry and short stories. Winners are selected in both categories and were recognized at a celebration luncheon March 7.

Carroll County Schools students swept the Short Story awards.

First Place
Leila Chambers, Bowdon High School, Grade 11, for her story, Darter's Corners

Second Place
Caleb Morse, Mount Zion High School, Grade 12, for his story, The Pen is Mightier

Third Place
Reyna Henderson, Bowdon High School, Grade 9, for her story, Harper

Writer's Guild Special Recognition Award
Kai McMichael, Central High School, Grade 12 for her story A Million Words, Shared in an Embrace

In the Poetry category, Bowdon High School students took the top three spots.

First Place
Abigail Cihla, Bowdon High School, Grade 9, for her poem, His Halloween Fright

Second Place
Molly Astin, Bowdon High School, Grade 11, for her poem, Here's to Life

Third Place
Jasmine Storm White, Bowdon High School, Grade 12, for her poem, A Woman's Worth

Bowdon High School teacher Mrs. Staci McAdams received recognition for having five of her students at Bowdon High School place in the contest.

Congratulations to these premier writers!

Bowdon High School students with their teacher, Staci McAdams, took five of the eight awards in the contest. Shown (l-r) are Staci McAdams, Jasmin Storm White, Leila Chambers, Molly Astin, Abigail Cihla and Reyna Henderson.


Mount Zion High School senior Caleb Morse won second place in the poetry category. His teacher is Jennifer Roland.


Central High School sophomore Kai McMichael won the Writers Guild Special Recognition Award. Her teacher is Megan Wooten.