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Charles Bloom Secondary School youth pens winning story

A Lumby student penned an award-winning short story, earning a credit towards her post-secondary education.

A Grade 12 student from Charles Bloom Secondary School has become this year’s regional winner of Okanagan College’s three-hour Short Story contest.

Casey Hesketh won the North Okanagan regional award for her story Drowning Emily.

Hesketh was among 54 students who took part in this year’s contest, which took place simultaneously at all four campuses Nov. 24.

“It’s been great to see students stretching themselves creatively through this process,” said Jeremy Beaulne, chair of the English department. “The pressure of the short time frame helps people realize just how much they can accomplish.”

As part of this year’s competition, writers had to incorporate the phrase “red shoelaces” into their short story.

The overall winner for the competition was Cat’s Cradle, written by Samantha Wex, a Grade 12 student from Salmon Arm Secondary School who took the prize for the Shuswap-Revelstoke region. Her story will be published in a limited fine art edition from Kalamalka Press, based out of the Vernon campus.

The contest was open to Grade 11 and 12 high school students, and those enrolled at Okanagan College. Each regional winner received a $250 tuition fee credit.

Wex, as overall winner, received an additional $250 credit for a total of $500.

This marked the third year the College has held the contest. Previous overall winners were Gwenellen Tarbet from the South Okanagan, and Shvaugn Craig from the Shuswap-Revelstoke region.

Okanagan College’s English department puts on the contest along with support from each of the College campuses and the College’s Arts and Foundational programs.


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