Banks County Senior Wins
Hodgkin’s Prize in Creative Writing
By Cara L. Bray
Erica McConnell of Banks County High School recently won First Prize in the Fiction genre of the Hodgen’s Prize in Creative Writing awarded by Piedmont College. High school juniors and seniors from Habersham, Hall, White, Stephens, Franklin, Rabun, and Towns counties were invited to submit original work in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. A First Prize was awarded for each of the three genres. Dr. Hugh Davis of Piedmont College presented the awards at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum on the Piedmont campus on April 9.
Miss McConnell is a senior at Banks County High School and will graduate in May. According to Erica, “Forgotten” is a story that went through many changes in the course of writing, and is intended to make the reader feel something. The emotions of the writer are conveyed through the story – frustration, hopelessness, depression, but finally in the end not giving up; these efforts resulted in a story with a message to “Keep moving. You can’t just do nothing and expect results.”
After graduation, Erica plans to attend UNG in Oconee for a year, then transfer to the Dahlonega campus to complete core classes. She plans to continue writing; she does every day and hopes to never stop. Her advice to aspiring writers is “…listen to music that relates to the tone of your story. If you want something to be intense and exciting listen to some tense and exciting music. For Forgotten I listened to a lot of violin, piano duets. This can help you translate the feelings you're trying to convey. Try to set yourself in the situation your characters are in. Figure how you would feel or use a similar feeling you've felt before. Sometimes when I'm angry or sad I think about how I'm feeling to the smallest details. How my face feels hot or how my breathing is, that hole in your stomach, or heart. I also watch other people and see how they look. Use real emotions.”
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Prom will be Saturday, April 28 at Brenau Downtown Center. Tickets are $40 for one and $70 for two. Tickets will go on sale the week of April 9 (Mondays and Wednesday only) during 2nd and 3rd lunch.
Congratulations to the FFA Wildlife Teams!
Congratulations to the Junior and Senior FFA Wildlife Teams for winning the State competition. Junior Team members are Corey Vickery, Jesse Nicholson, Madison Dacus, and Laura Davis. Senior Team members are Fisher Armour, Rip Sanders, Braxton Jarrett, and Colton Banks.