Three O'Neal students win Youngclaus Creative Writing awards

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

Winners are chosen from each division.

Representing the lower school, the winner is third-grade student Knox Jackson for his poem “The Snow.” Knox is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Jackson of Pinehurst.

Representing the middle school, the winner is fifth-grade student Titus Caviness for his short story “Bigfoot.”Titus is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brentley Caviness of Southern Pines.

Representing the upper school, the winner is 10th-grade student Charlotte Mills for her poem “Summer into Winter.” Charlotte is the daughter of Mr. Stuart Mills and Mrs. Helen Probst-Mills of Pinehurst.

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

The Bill Youngclaus Creative Writing Award was established in 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.

The poem or prose of each of the award winners is exhibited in the school’s annual literary magazine, “Blackbird’s Eye.”

Feature photo: Knox Jackson, left, Titus Caviness, and Charlotte Mills. 

Courtesy photo/Contributed. 

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