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Mundelein Arts Commission Proudly Announces Student Winners in Short Story Contest

The Mundelein Arts Commission is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 Student Short Story Contest. The contest had two sections—high school and middle school—targeting writers with the theme “Dreams.”

The First Place winner in the high school division was Zachary Scott of Hawthorn Woods for his story, “Nightingale.” Second Place was a tie between Isabel Sioson of Wauconda for “The Girl in the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring,” and Caitlin Morey of Mundelein for her story, “Streets.” Third Place was also a tie, between Ayden Matthew Boudreaux of Mundelein, for “Bad Friends,” and Hope Peterson of Wauconda for “The Strawberry Masterpiece.”

Additionally, Honorable Mention recognition went to Maddie Wade of Round Lake for “The Day Life Changed Forever,” and Emily Perez of Mundelein for “Living the Dream.” All of the award-winning students attend Mundelein High School.

In the middle school division, First Place went to Vienna Logan of Hawthorn Woods for “Dream Realm.” Second Place was a tie between Nicole Tchorz of Hawthorn Woods for “The Desiring Dream I Had,” and Lucia Ines Palacios of Wauconda for “To Dream.” All three award winners attend Fremont Middle School. Third Place went to Carl Sandburg Middle School student Caleb Heikes of Mundelein for his story, “Dream Energy.”

The winning students received $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third. In addition, all winning stories and honorable mentions will be published in an anthology titled, “Young Mundelein Writes: Dreams,” which will be available to the public. Also, all contest participants and their families will be invited to a reception and presentation of their prizes and a copy of the anthology at an upcoming Village Board meeting.

Robin Kacel judged the contest. She is a tenured English Professor at the College of Lake County, where she has taught Creative Writing for the past ten years. In addition to holding a BA in English from the University of Illinois and an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago, Kacel holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has been on the editorial staff of several journals. She currently oversees the Visiting Writers Program at CLC. According to a MAC spokesperson, Professor Kacel enjoyed reading the work of the aspiring writers and was delighted with the quality she found in the contest stories.

The Mundelein Arts Commission sponsors two writing contests twice annually. The spring contests are targeted to middle and high school students. In the fall, the contests are targeted to adults, with one for short stories and another for ten-minute plays, which are then produced and presented to the public. For more information on upcoming writing contests, please contact Joyce Lee at jlee@email.mundelein.org.

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