Two Damascus Middle School Students Win Writing Contest!

2 Students in Rocking Chairs

Two seventh-grade students at Damascus Middle School were selected as winners in the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest! Sponsored by the Smyth-Bland Regional Library each year to honor the birth of Sherwood Anderson, a writer who lived near Troutdale, Virginia, the contest encourages short story writing about rural or small-town America.

First-place winner Carson B. wrote about a boy from New York who, against his will, visits family in Damascus, Virginia one summer. After watching the Hiker Parade during Trail Days and enjoying other activities in his grandparents’ small town, he decides he wants to visit every summer! Second-place winner Hali R. wrote what she describes as, “a sad story” about the death of the main character’s mother and how the young lady copes during difficult times. Sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Renee Sanders helped her students enter their stories in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest at the end of the school year. Both students were thrilled to learn their stories were winners, and each was excited to receive a monetary prize for his/her work!