First Place

Kyra Holmgren is a senior at Negaunee High School. The title of her story is The Treasured Flower. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and playing video games. Kyra’s favorite reading genres are fantasy and young adult. She has three dogs, and she loves to dote on them. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, although she’s not very fond of the cold.

Second Place

Nicholas Painter is a 10th grader at Whitefish Township Community Schools in Paradise. He loves to read and almost always has a book within arm’s reach. Nicholas enjoys school, especially math and science. He participates in Drama and loves performing in plays, both during the school year and in the summer at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. The title of his story is The Imposter Among Us.

Third Place

Walter Dennis is a sophomore at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. He won the award for his short story titled Ash. He enjoys spending time in the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, whether that’s on a bike, a 4-wheeler, or even on a walk. He loves to explore and take the road less traveled. Besides that, Walter enjoys hobbies such as swimming, reading, and writing.

First Place – Jr. Division

Annabell Dankert is a fifth grade student at Rudyard Elementary. She spends her days reading, writing, and drawing. She can often be found reading two or three books at a time, and writing two or three stories at a time. She even keeps a notebook by her bed so she can write down story ideas as they come to her. Her story titled The Dagger of the Eagle’s Eye won her the prize this year. Annabell loves being outside and all things animals, including training her dog, Nikki. Annabell enjoys going fishing and camping with her family, and has a compliment for everyone she comes in contact with.


Winning stories are published in U.P. Reader #5

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