BOONVILLE — In the month of October, what is more festive than a scary story? Students at Starmount High got involved in this tradition by participating in a contest that tested their skills in suspenseful writing and flat-out horror.
English teacher Jaclyn Hughes sparked up the competition by announcing to the entire student body a contest in which the writer produces his or her own scary story, judged by the English Department. Winners received a prize for first, second, and third place.
Winner of the third place prize, Kadon Renegar, won two tickets to the infamous Hacker House, where he could express his love for terror even more. Second place went to Christy Rucker, who won a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The second place story was a beautiful yet terrifying tale of love….. with a major twist.
Last but not least, the grand prize went to Devin Swaim, who took readers all on a blast to the past with a story set in the 1860s. The story was beautifully written in a journal format. The diary of a young woman gave judges a personal and deep, dark look into the events of her life, which was horrifying to all ages. For this unique story, Swaim won a Kindle along with the title of first place.
After the results were announced, all participants attended a party in Hughes’ classroom. The party was a reward to the students for their participation and hard work. At the Halloween-themed celebration, kids played trivia games, won more prizes and enjoyed refreshments.
This project, led by Hughes with help from the other English teachers, got students involved with a little extracurricular writing. The incentives that were offered got the students interested and involved in creative writing, which was the sole purpose of the contest.
Interested in their stories? Read here via this link: https://shsreadsforfun.wordpress.com/.
Molly Nichols is a member of the Starmount High School Journalism Club.