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OJC Press Release ID: 2777


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Creative Writing Winners for the Otero Arts Festival 2018 Announced

 

Winners for Creative Writing Contest of the 62 Otero Arts Festival have been announced. This year’s contest received a record number of entries at 445. Entries came from students throughout southeastern Colorado. Students had the option of using any theme to help inspire their writings or to draw their inspiration from any real life situation.

Creative writing includes writing where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information. Creative writing expresses the writer’s thoughts and feelings in an imaginative, often unique, and poetic way.

According to Debbie Phillips, coordinator of the event, creative writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees thoughts and creativity allowing the writer to form an identity of their own.

Creative Writing Judge was Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya, Associate Professor, Honors Program Director and Chicano Studies Program Coordinator at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya completed her MA and PhD in History at the University of Arizona. Montoya completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at Texas Tech University before accepting a Tenure-Track line at Colorado State University- Pueblo. Montoya taught in the Chicano Studies program and History department for ten years before accepting a position as the director of University Honors. Montoya is the author of a number of publications and has been awarded University Awards in Excellence for Service and Student Advising and Mentoring.

Montoya is from Southern Colorado and her family has lived in the region since the mid-1860s. Her academic research is in Southwestern history, Colorado history, ethnicity, and gender. Montoya strives to connect her students’ academic careers to their future careers. She strongly believes that every student should have an internship experience that will help them succeed in their career.

“I was thrilled to read the creative writings this year. The students work was exceptional and it was encouraging to see the quality and depth of the writings that were submitted.” Montoya said.

62nd Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing Winners


Judge’s Best Representative Work, Best Overall Work High School
Crystal Kendall, Essay: “Rosethorn”, Fowler, Mrs. Moosman

Judge’s Best Representative Work, Best Overall Work Middle School
Heaven Martinez, Essay: “The Long Bus Ride Home”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams

Otero Junior College Writing Scholarship
Aaron Oliver, Swink, Mrs. Grossen

Creative Books

Best Overall Book & Most Original
Chyann Robinson, “Repeat: Cures of Asylum”, La Junta High School

Most Creative Book & Most Artistic Book
Amethyst Jewell, “Myths of the Impossible”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr

Best Storyline Book
Alyssa Mackey, “Dysfunctional Magic”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr

Poetry

7th Grade
1st, Angelina Salazar, “Where I am From”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
2nd, Addison Brusuelas, “Death”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Mameda
3rd, Dalton L. Carroll, “The Nightmare”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
HM, Luis Carale, “Time”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HM, Isabel Roybal, “Winter A Fine Season”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HM, Evenise Quintero, “Life and Death”, La Junta, Mrs. Moore

8th Grade
1st, Trent Johnston, “Branding”, La Junta, Mrs. Miner
2nd, Ian Backes, “The Perfect Game”, La Junta, Mrs. Miner
3rd, Emma Ledbetter, “Dad”, La Junta, Mrs. Miner
HM, Alex Montoya, “The Moon and the Wolves”, La Junta, Mrs. Miner
HM, Sammie Zumwalt, “Yellowstone: Viejo Alce Macho”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HM, Carlos Carale, “Quartersworthy”, Swink, Mrs. Weber

9th Grade
1st, Kailani Aragon, “Nature’s Mirror”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin
2nd, Dawn Diaz, “Raindrops”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin
3rd, Yancie Franklin, “Summer: Sonnet 1”, Campo, Ms. Harris
HM, Isaac Stephens, “A Ranchers Life”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HM, Brayan Garcia-Cruz, “Poison”, Manzanola, Ms. Holmes
HM, Kyle Bierbaum, “The Fox”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin

10th Grade
1st, Matt Huff, “Little Nightmare”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
2nd, Keegan Russell, “Yellow Lines Blurred”, La Junta, Mr. Schmidt
3rd, Sandra Hernandez, “Trampled Flowers”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
HM, Crystalin Jewell, “Art of Origami and Life”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HM, Alex Rivera, “The Courier”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HM, Ean Martinez, “Tattoos”, Manzanola, Ms. Holmes

11th Grade
1st, Alyssa Chavez, “Wolf Like”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
2nd, Lisa Dittemore, “November Night”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
3rd, Mackenzie Turner, “Obligations”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
HB, Levi Collins, “Lurking Shadows”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen

12th Grade
1st, Alex Ritter, “Lost in Life”, La Junta, Mrs. Smith
2nd, Damien Bowers, “Silence”, La Junta, Mrs. Meiklejohn
3rd, Jasmine George, “A Hound’s Honor”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
HB, Taylor Efird, “Rain”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
HB, Savana Stites, “Porcelain Doll”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
HB, Emi Romero, “Farewell”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson

Essay

7th Grade
1st, Angelina Salazar, “The Truth Behind Moving”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
2nd, Alex Ramirez, “The Reason Why I Don’t Have a Valentine”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
3rd, Jamie Graham, “Drag Cars vs Drift Cars”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HB, Justin Paolucci, “Bryce Harper”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HB, Emma Hanagan, “Deforestation”, Swink, Mrs. Weber

8th Grade
1st, Heaven Martinez, “The Long Bus Ride Home”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
2nd, Kiarrah Santistevan, “Getting Back Up”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Brusuelas
3rd, Daniel Escareno, “Got Exposed”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
HB, Shealie Schmidt, “The Last Call”, La Junta, Mrs. Miner

9th Grade
1st, Qierra Vigil, “The Princess”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
2nd, Val Leone, “Thin Ice”, Fowler, Mrs. Mossman
3rd, Kailani Aragon, “Hearts or Wallets”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin

10th Grade
1st, Hannah Smith, “Psychological Effects of Music on the Brain”, La Junta, Mr. Schmidt
2nd, Ian Kersey, “My Happy Place”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
3rd, Lexi Bradshaw, “Back Bone”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
HB, George Cardenas, “A Sturdy Base For a Complex Structure”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr
HB, Colt Honey, “Why Do They Kneel”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr

11th Grade
1st, Crysan Kendall, “Rosethorn”, Fowler, Mrs. Mossman
2nd, Triston Mendoza-Werner, “The Idiot’s Guide to Robbing a Bank”, RF, Mrs. Robinson

12th Grade
1st, Alex Whitfield, “Star Wars Battlefront II vs Call of Duty II”, La Junta, Mrs. Smith
2nd, Jade Mora-Menges, “Gun Control”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
3rd, Laura Whalen, “Values of Losing a Parent”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HB, Hallie Romero, “College Transition”, Swink, Mrs. Weber

Short Story

7th Grade
1st, Luis Carale, “The Model Rocket Ship”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
2nd, Emma Martinez, “Missing…”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
3rd, Dalton L. Carroll, “Map!”, Manzanola, Mrs. Williams
HB, Addison Johnston, “The Mistaken Suicide”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HB, Dajalina Flores, “Memories”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HB, Emma Hanagan, “Uninjured”, Swink, Mrs. Weber

8th Grade
1st, Carlos Carale, “Listening”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
2nd, Kooper Grinstead, “The Bag”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Brusuelas
3rd, Leia Mora-Menges, “The Missing Person”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
HB, Nathaniel Encinias, “One Shot”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Brusuelas
HB, Kiarrah Santistevan, “Little Blue Kite”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Brusuelas
HB, Bethany Taullie, “I’m Fine”, Swink, Mrs. Weber

9th Grade
1st, Abigail Mayfield, “Not Who You Think It Is”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
2nd, Maresa Lucero, “Dollhouse”, Manzanola, Ms. Williams
3rd, Frederik Rikhof, “Catching a Virus”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin
HB, Anisa Gonzalez, “Selfless”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin
HB, Kyle Bierbaum, “Louis Hofwoll and the War of 3037”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin
HB, Matthew Mendoza, “Run”, Swink, Mrs. Wallin

10th Grade
1st, Hannah Smith, “Case Files”, La Junta, Mr. Schmidt
2nd, Nariah Smith, “The Call and the Answer”, La Junta, Mr. Schmidt
3rd, Steven Hildreth, “The Once Invincible Man”, Fowler, Mrs. Mossman
HB, Gilbert Archuleta, “Trip to the ER”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
HB, Olivia Lewis, “Robots Do It Better”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
HB, Alex Rivera, “The White Rose”, Cheraw, Mrs. Buhr

11th Grade
1st, Dimitrius Tenorio, “Waiting for Infinity”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
2nd, Jill Wallace, “Blue Snow”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
3rd, Esmeralda Perez, “May 12th”, La Junta, Mrs. Meiklejohn
HB, Kayla Bierbaum, “The Girl That Heard the Dragon’s Cry”, Swink, Mrs. Grossen
HB, Bonita Rael, “A Life Span in a Single Scent”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
HB, Shayne Ede, “The Cabin”, Fowler, Mrs. Mossman

12th Grade
1st, Savannah Vigil, “Snowy Weather”, Swink, Mrs. Weber
2nd, Danielle Lucero, “Equality?”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson
3rd, Jasmine George, “What is Love?”, Rocky Ford, Mrs. Robinson

 

 

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Dr. Fawn Amber Montoya was the judge of the creative writing this year at the 62nd Otero Arts Festival. Creative Writing Judge Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya is an Associate Professor, Honors Program Director and Chicano Studies Program Coordinator at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

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(Left) The OJC Creative Book competition’s award for the Most Creative and Most Artistic book was awarded to Amethyst Jewell for her book: Myths of the Impossible, which was hand illustrated. (Right)Author Chyann Robinson from La Junta High School received the award for the Best Overall Creative Book and Most Original Book for her book Repeat: Curse of Asylum.




 

 

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