Two students garnered Honorable Mentions and one student took first place honors in George School’s first annual ARGO/Open Doors literary contest, which ran in conjunction with the “Many Voices, Many Stories” writer’s conference held at Bucks County Community College (BCCC). All three students were invited to read their prize-winning pieces at a reading at BCCC on Friday, December 2. The reading was headlined by poet Richard Blanco, who read at the 2012 Presidential inauguration.
Taking first place in the contest was senior Lisa Corn ’17 for her poem entitled The Closet. Students winning Honorable Mention were Eden McEwen ’17, for her poem Your Transition Lenses, and Hana Sparks-Woodford ’20, for her short story All the Colors of the Rainbow. The contest was jointly sponsored by the school’s student-run literary magazine, ARGO, and Open Doors, a student club comprising LGBTQ students at George School and their allies.
The winners were announced at a school assembly on Friday, December 9, where they were presented with cash prizes by Head of School Sam Houser.
In all, twelve student writers submitted poems and stories. The finalists were selected by a panel of student members of both clubs, and the winners by a second group consisting of the clubs’ faculty sponsors. All entries were evaluated anonymously.