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GHS Student Authors Awarded for Literary Submissions
Jan. 21, 2021

Congratulations to several student authors from Geneva High School who earned awards at the 2020 DuKane Conference Literary Festival. The spring conference was canceled due to the pandemic, says Literary Festival Sponsor and English Teacher Mrs. Heather Peters, but judges were still able to determine the winners and announce them this fall.

A special congratulations goes to Emily Hancock, who received the Critic’s Choice award in Short Fiction, making her the conference champion in that category.

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  • Elle Plucinsky: “That Night” First Place
  • Audrey LaCost: “Acute Notebook” Honorable Mention
Personal Essay
  • Zainab Mairaj: “A Starry Night” Honorable Mention
  • Mary Clare Voreis: “Lovely Light” Honorable Mention
  • Lauren Berry: “Attaining Fulfillment” Honorable Mention
  • Rachel Chaffee: “A Perished Pear” First Place
  • Rachel Chaffee: “Geode Folk” Third Place  
  • Elle Plucinsky: “The Women Before Me” Third Place  
  • Grace Cieslikowski: “There’s an Octopus in my Stomach” Third Place  
  • Annie McQueeny: “Frustration” Honorable Mention
  • Riley O’Connor: “My Trip to Florida” Honorable Mention  
  • Elle Plucinsky: “Devil’s Blessing” Honorable Mention
  • Maggie Adams: “Hero”  Honorable Mention  
  • Maggie Adams: “Paradise” Honorable Mention  
  • Lauren Berry: “Grey Stars” Honorable Mention
Short Fiction
  • Emily Hancock: “The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening” Critic’s Choice
  • Emily Hancock: “A List of All the Days I’ll Miss You” First Place  
  • Audrey LaCost: “Code Monkey” Second Place
  • Matt Granquist: “The King’s Man” Second Place  
  • Matt Granquist: “The Circle’s Judgement” Second Place  
  • Emma Ramirez: “Sticky Sweet Milk” Second Place
  • Matt Granquist: “The Watcher from the Outside” Third Place  
  • Emma Ramirez: “Wasabi” Honorable Mention  
  • Emma Ramirez: “Gévaudan” Honorable Mention  
  • Gracie Spillone: “One Shot Goal” Honorable Mention  
  • Elle Plucinsky: “You Don’t Even Know Me” Honorable Mention  
  • Jackson O’Connor: “Forest Dweller” Honorable Mention
  • Simon Pilny: “Welcoming the Kids of Eagleland” Honorable Mention
  • Simon Pilny: “DAYTIME SUGARTUNES” Honorable Mention
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