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Groenewold excels at Creative Writing Contest

WHS student Aunna Groenewold is pictured at Sunday's Creative Writing Contest awards ceremony in Marshall. (Special to The Globe)

MARSHALL — Aunna Groenewold of Rushmore, a student at Worthington High School, was awarded both first and second place in the grades 9-10 non-fiction category during the 15th annual Creative Writing Contest, which hosted its awards ceremony April 14 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Creative Writing Contest gives students a chance to express themselves by writing fiction or nonfiction stories or poetry. The program is designed to encourage love of language and writing for all students, and is a way to recognize talented young writers.

A total of 192 submitted entries were written by 116 students from 15 school districts and individual families. Students in third through 12th grade entered the contest in one or more of poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories..

At Sunday’s ceremony, it was revealed what place the students won in — first, second or third — and what entry piece placed them in the top three. Awards and a printed anthology were given to students in recognition of their winning entry. In addition, first-place winners in all categories and grade levels were awarded a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.