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Schulenburg names winners of Emerging Writers Contest

Eight young scribes earn recognition for academic writing, fiction, non-fiction and poetry


Shannon Mikesky (Schulenburg) placed first and Brittany Weishuhn (La Grange) placed second in academic writing; Alexander Taylor (Weimar) placed first and Kara Koether (La Grange) placed second in fiction; Jessica Tippie (La Grange) placed first and Brianna Ahlschlager (La Grange) placed second in non-fiction; and Craig Burns (Schulenburg) placed first and Shaylee Boehm (La Grange) placed second in poetry.

Mikesky, Tippie, Boehm and Taylor are enrolled in Blinn’s Dual Credit Program, which allows students to take college courses both for high school and collegiate credit. Beginning in the summer following their sophomore year, high school students may take as many as two dual-credit courses each semester.

“I had a very difficult time choosing winners,” contest judge Beth Wiseman said. “I think that each and every student has the potential to take their writing to whatever level they choose.”

This marks the fourth year Wiseman has judged the contest. A resident of Fayette County, Wiseman has written 23 novels and is best known for her work on the Daughters of Promise series. She has been listed on the Christian Booksellers and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association bestseller list. To date, she has sold 1.5 million books.

The contest, open to current and dual-credit students who have taken a course on the Schulenburg campus within the last academic year, was sponsored by Cengage Learning. Cengage Learning honored previous winners by featuring their work as models of exemplary student writing.

“We have such a variety of students who submit their work, from our traditional students who are right out of high school, to our dual credit students, to mothers who are returning to school to earn their degree,” said English Professor Audrey Wick. “It’s a really big honor for our students.”

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Academic Writing
First Place: Shannon Mikesky, Schulenburg
Second Place: Brittany Weishuhn, La Grange

First Place: Alexander Taylor, Weimar
Second Place: Kara Koether, La Grange

First Place: Jessica Tippie, La Grange
Second Place: Brianna Ahlschlager, La Grange

First Place: Craig Burns, Schulenburg
Second Place: Shaylee Boehm, La Grange

Celebrity guest judge Beth Wiseman [] had this to say about the students’ work: “I was thrilled to read your entries again this year.  So much talent in this group!  I had a very difficult time choosing winners.  I think that each and every one of you has the potential to take your writing to whatever level you choose.  Writing is a craft, something that continues to improve with practice—just like playing a musical instrument.  It is obvious that you are working on the craft in addition to being good storytellers.  For me, writing is an escape—a chance to be whoever I want to be, wish I could be, or hope never to be.  The possibilities are endless.  Enjoy the journey.  And thank you for letting me be a part of it.”

Sponsored by Cengage Learning

2014 Winners
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