Three win Bill Youngclaus Creative Writing Awards

O’Neal’s Bill Youngclaus Creative Writing Award recipients were announced at an end-of-year dedication ceremony.

Winners were chosen from each division. Representing the lower school, the winner was third-grade student Iona Riggsbee for her poem “Reflection.” Iona is the daughter of Carolyne Davidson and Ken Riggsbee.

Representing the middle school, the winner was sixth-grade student Abigail Schupp for her poem “In the Mirror.” Abigail is the daughter of Phillip and  Stacy Schupp of Whispering Pines.

Representing the upper school, the winner was 11th-grade student Charlotte Mills for her poem “Voyager Golden Reflections.” Charlotte is the daughter of Stuart Mills and Helen Probst-Mills of Pinehurst.

Winners were awarded a medal and a monetary award, courtesy of the Bill Youngclaus Memorial Fund.

The Bill Youngclaus Creative Writing Award was established in the Spring of 2007. The award recognizes a student in each division exhibiting exemplary skills in creative writing while honoring its namesake, Bill Youngclaus. Youngclaus was an O’Neal parent, school trustee, and avid writer himself.

Those who support creative writing may donate to the Bill Youngclaus Memorial Fund. Email [email protected].

The poem or prose of each of the award winners is exhibited in “Blackbird’s Eye,” the school’s annual literary magazine celebrating its 50th year. This year’s “Blackbird’s Eye” was dedicated to upper school division assistant Stephanie Ames.

Feature photo: Abigail Schupp (left), Iona Riggsbee, and Charlotte Mills.

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