They’re the best of the best. They’re the winners of the 37th annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition.
Arts Council of Lincoln County Executive Director Deanna McGinnis said that in the elementary school prose category, Evangeline Kunkle of Pumpkin Center Intermediate earned first-place honors for “The Promise.” Jamie Carpenter of Rock Springs Elementary won second place for “I Was Born on March 1st,” and Maya Haynes of Catawba Springs Elementary won third for “Cape Hatteras.”
In elementary poetry, Kadence Taylor of the Lincolnton Campus of Lincoln Charter School came in first for “To the White Dove on a Power Line.” Skylar Reed and Tessa Lynn Juliano, both also of the same school, respectively won second and third-place notices for “I am Offering” and “Nature.”
In middle school prose, Olivia Hodges of Lincoln Charter’s Lincolnton Campus won first place for “A New Leaf.” Marcus Coffie and Clara Parlier, both of Lincolnton Middle, won second and third-place honors respectively for “Entity” and “The Painful Pandemic of 2020.”
For middle school poetry, Lincolnton Middle swept all three places. Cecelia Hayes won first for “She Is My Voice.” Emily Hernandez won second for “Visual of Life.” And Macey Melinda Knepp won third for “The Loop.”
For high school prose, North Lincoln High bookended things, with Journey Barnes and Raven Lilyth Wyatt winning first and third-place honors respectively for “The Broken Glass Window” and “The SUU’s Silent Régime.” Zoë Huffman of West Lincoln High won second for “It Was Our First Home Game.”
Finally, in high school poetry, Huffman earned the top spot with “Growing Up in the Rearview.” Sophie Miller of North Lincoln High won second for “Never Again;” and Matthew McCowan of East Lincoln High earned third place for “The Game.”