S of O Places First in Mark Twain Writing Contest

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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — School of the Ozarks recently placed first overall in the annual Mark Twain Writing Contest.

School of the Ozarks freshmen, sophomores, and juniors wrote individual writing pieces in their rhetoric classes and submitted a variety of pieces such as academic essays, poetry, short stories, and personal narratives. All students submitted entries, but a limited number were chosen by their peers to advance to the conference-wide contest.

School of the Ozarks student winners are as follows:

  • Academic Essay — Junior Abigail Mutrux, first place
  • Historical Fiction — Junior CJ Voerman, second place
  • Personal Narrative — Junior Jack Carswell, first place; Freshman Emma Watson, second place
  • Poetry Free Verse — Freshman Grace Spencer, second place
  • Poetry Structured Verse — Junior Abigail Mutrux, second place; Junior Leah Dolloff, third place
  • Short Story — Junior Abigail Mutrux, first place

The MTWC included students from several area schools, including New Covenant Academy, Niangua High School, Bradleyville High School, Hurley High School, Chadwick High School, and Everton High School.

School of the Ozarks has participated in the MTWC for the past four years and has competed in similar Mark Twain competitive events such as art contests, science fairs, chess tournaments, quiz bowls, and math competitions.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

PHOTO 1 CAPTION: School of the Ozarks students (L-R) CJ Voerman, Abigail Mutrux, Leah Dolloff, and Jack Carswell all placed in the annual Mark Twain Writing Contest in content areas such as academic essays, historical fiction, personal narratives, poetry free verse, poetry structured verse, and short stories.