Dinwiddie High School wins state championship in creative writing

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Posted: June 2, 2018 | 12:40 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie High School has won the Virginia High School League 2018 state championship in creative writing. Athletic Director Jeff Walters said that, unlike other VHSL competitions, in creative writing, there is only one state competition for all schools regardless of their size, and Dinwiddie High School was the winner.  

“In the history of Dinwiddie High School, there are two state championships, and this is the second one, and I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” Walters said.     

English Teacher Scott Brockwell, the team’s sponsor, said that out of an entire class of students, six entries were selected to be entered in the state competition. The school’s entries in the three categories of essay, short story, and poetry scored well enough to give Dinwiddie the overall victory. In addition, Dinwiddie’s Sofia Bowles won first place in the short story category for her work titled “Truth Be Told,” and Electra Jane Ellis won third place in the essay category for “Here’s to Times Old and Forgotten.” Although some might associate the VHSL with athletic competitions, Brockwell said the organization’s creative writing competition has been around for a long time.   

“It’s actually one of the oldest competitions in the Virginia High School League,” Brockwell said. 

Walters said that the creative writing team will be honored at All-Sports Night on June 2. In addition to Bowles and Ellis, team members include Kiana Banks, Kathryn Beasley, Hannah Cook, and Nate Soto. 

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