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2024 Scholarship Winners

Poetry- NWS Robert and Marcy Branski Poetry Scholarship

1st place ($1,500):
Title: “Apologies to Each Eraser”
Author: Lola Russell

2nd place/Highly Commended ($500):
Title: “Sirens at Moonrise”
Author: Kendra Couturier

Nonfiction- NWS Leslie Lee Nonfiction Scholarship

1st place ($1,500):
Title: “A Personal Journey from Writing to Medicine”
Author: Tessa Felker

2nd place/Highly Commended ($500):
Title: “My Truth of Tuna Casserole”
Author: Lucas McSwain

Fiction- NWS William Montgomery Fiction Scholarship

1st place ($1,500)
Title: “Over the Edge”
Author: Kaitlyn Andrews

2nd place/Highly Commended ($500)
Title: “The Secret Store on Fern Street”
Author: Emma Newman-Bale

Journalism- Judith Lang Journalism Scholarship

1st place ($1,500)
Title: “The Digital Divide”
Author: Kailyn Groves

2nd place/Highly Commended ($500)
Title: “The Struggle for Sobriety”
Author: Eliana Hermel

Apologies to Each Eraser

Apologies to Each Eraser

A junior at The Greenspire High School and Career Tech Writers Studio. She is passionate about learning and nature, and hopes to inspire people through creative writing in the future.

Lola Russell

Greenspire High School / Career Tech

Sirens at Moonrise

Sirens at Moonrise

A senior at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. She enjoys tending her garden, running, and various creative pursuits. She also finds joy in stringing together snippets of moments in nature to create poetry.

Kendra Couturier

Lake Leelanau St. Mary

My Truth of Tuna Casserole

My Truth of Tuna Casserole

A senior from Traverse City Central High School and Northwest Ed Career Tech’s Writers Studio. He aspires to travel and write about the world to meet new people and explore new places. He enlisted in the United States Navy as a Cyber Warfare Technician to start his travel and career.

Lucas McSwain

Central High School / Career Tech Center

Over the Edge

Over the Edge

An upcoming high school graduate who loves writing, art, and anything remotely musical. Kaitlyn is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the upmost desire of becoming a nurturing and positive influence on the youth of society. She plans to attend the University of Mary in the fall, where she is excited to open a new chapter of her life with the high hopes of surviving her first North Dakota winter.

Kaitlyn Andrews

Traverse City St. Francis

The Secret Store on Fern Street

The Secret Store on Fern Street

Graduating this year, 2024, from Traverse City Central High School. Beginning in the fall, she will be attending Michigan State University and will pursue a major of Graphic or Interior Design and minor in Japanese. She lives with her family in Traverse City.

Emma Newman-Bale

Traverse City Central

The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide

A junior at Traverse City Central High School, where she is a staff writer for the Black and Gold Quarterly. This is her first year in journalism and as a BGQ staff writer. Apart from journalism, she writes for creative writing.

Kailyn Groves

Traverse City Central