Redbud Festival writing contest winners

Special to the Mountain Advocate

Photo by Dennis Mills  Pictured from left to right are: Front Row: Erin Jones - 5th Grade, Corbin Intermediate, Sarah Pedersen - 7th Grade, Barbourville Middle School. (L to R) Back Row: Lily-Kate Hubbs - 6th Grade, Barbourville Middle School, Peyton Mills - 7th Grade, Barbourville Middle School, Caleb Bennett - 9th Grade, Barbourville High School, Gabby Frith - 8th Grade, Knox County Middle School, Dr. Jim Rubin - Union Colleg
Photo by Dennis Mills
Pictured from left to right are: Front Row: Erin Jones – 5th Grade, Corbin Intermediate, Sarah Pedersen – 7th Grade, Barbourville Middle School. (L to R) Back Row: Lily-Kate Hubbs – 6th Grade, Barbourville Middle School, Peyton Mills – 7th Grade, Barbourville Middle School, Caleb Bennett – 9th Grade, Barbourville High School, Gabby Frith – 8th Grade, Knox County Middle School, Dr. Jim Rubin – Union Colleg

The winners of the Redbud Festival story writing contest were invited to read their original short story on a topic of their choice at the Redbud Festival.

The stories took the audience on adventures from far away lands where humans that transform into dragons roam to the dangerous back woods in which mountain lions prowl; from a Red carpet event inside a book to the battlefield where gunshots fly; from moonshine mishaps to daydreamer in a wheelchair – all with a surprise ending that is not always “happily ever after” but always thought provoking.

Much gratitude goes to: Dr. Jim Rubin for organizing the event, Union College Book Store for sponsoring the winners’ gift certificates, and all the English teachers in local area schools for submitting their students’ entries. (Mrs. Sarah Bennett, Miss Mindy Smith and Mr. Brandon Simpson of Barbourville City School, Mrs. Faulkner and Mrs. Profit of Corbin Intermediate School and Ms. Irvin of Knox County Middle School).

Congratulations to all the winners for sharing their imagination and their love of writing.