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  • Home / News / High school writing contest winners announced | Ursuline - Liberal Arts College in OH

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    High school writing contest winners announced

    March 22, 2022

    High school students from Cleveland, Eastlake, and Dayton have won cash awards in Ursuline College’s 2022 High School Writing Contest. Their winning works will be published in Inscape, Ursuline’s award-winning fine arts journal.

    • First place goes to Caroline Dunn-Helton of Cleveland School of the Arts for "I Lie in the Sea."
    • Second place goes to Ashley Chase of Eastlake North High School for "Fill my Mind with Knowledge."
    • Third place goes to Maria Camacho of Carroll High School in Dayton for "Mujer."

    Ursuline students on the Inscape editorial team received over 100 entries from across Ohio and submitted 15 to a panel of judges to review. The judges were Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, above, Ursuline Admission Counselor Veronica Colborn, and Adenike Davidson, PhD, professor of English and Gender Studies and Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Delaware State University.

    "It was my honor and pleasure to read and spend time with all of the fine pieces that were provided to me," said Gunter-Seymour. "My final decisions were not made hastily or lightly or without some struggle as there were outstanding attributes to be found in each and every piece. I wish all good things to every student who submitted to this wonderful program. Bravo to all!”

    The Ohio Arts Council sponsors the Ohio Poet Laureate position.

    Ursuline asked for poems, short stories, essays, or memoirs that align with College values, including empowerment, education, spirituality, innovation, and legacy. All three winning works are poems.

    “Creative writing has the power to shape the way we view the world around us and to allow emerging writers to explore the power of their voice,” said Katharine G. Trostel, PhD, assistant professor of English and faculty advisor to the Inscape editorial team.

    The winners will each receive prizes of $150, made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors: Ancora, Carnegie Management and Development Corporation, Glenmede, Kimberley and Brock Milstein, Cindy and Tony Panzica, Mary Lynn and Michael Silvestro, Taylor Oswald, and the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

    The 2022 edition of Inscape is in production now and will be available on the College’s website later this spring at www.ursuline.edu/english. Ursuline College has produced a fine arts annual since 1945. The term inscape was coined by English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.