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Ridgeland Campus announces 2016 Literary Contest winners

Ridgeland Campus announces 2016 Literary Contest winners

Dr. Andrew Kelly, English instructor, recently announced the winners of the 2016 Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus Literary Contest.

Winners of the Personal Essay category included Karishma Patel of Jackson, first place, "The Faces of Homelessness," and Joshua Gibbons of Flora, second place, "Socialization of Homeschoolers Unveiled."

Joshua Dilmore of Clinton was awarded first and second place winner of the Literary Essay category; first place for "Unnecessary Censorship" and second place for "A Critical Analysis of ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.'"

Winners of the Poetry category included Jade Dalton of Flora, first place, "The Answers to the Hard Questions," and Fredrica Sandifer of Jackson, second place, "Single Mother: The Story of My Life."

Winners of the Short Story category included Hannah Wingard of Jackson, first place, "Debating Freedom," and Jade Dalton, second place, "The Truth Will Not Set You Free"

Finally, first place for the Drama category was awarded to Christina O'Cain of Canton for "5 Years."

The competition was open to all students on the Ridgeland Campus of Holmes, regardless of their major, and entries were judged by the English faculty members. Contests are held on the Holmes Goodman Campus and at the Grenada Campus, as well. First and second place winners in each category will appear in the campus literary magazine Reflections and are sent to the statewide contest. State-level winners receive monetary prizes and publication in the literary magazine of the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association.

For more information on the Holmes CC Ridgeland Campus English & Foreign Language Department, contact Department Chair Steve Deaton at or (601) 605-3358.

IN THE PHOTO: Pictured are winners of the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus 2016 Literary Contest. They are (front row, left to right) Jade Dalton of Flora, Hannah Wingard of Jackson, Christina O'Cain of Canton, (back row, left to right) Joshua Gibbons of Flora, and Joshua Dilmore of Clinton. Not pictured: Fredrica Sandifer and Karishma Patel, both of Jackson.

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