A story by Delaney Dittman, a sophomore at Lewis and Clark High School, has been judged the best of 361 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2007 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students. In “One More Run,” Dittman puts readers in the chairlift to witness a 4-year-old girl’s power-trip on the ski slopes.
Contest runners-up include:
•”End of the Rainbow,” a peek into the core of a diehard fly-fisherman, by Michael May, a senior at Lewis and Clark.
•”The Hunted,” a mini-drama in the woods, by Ethan Silvieus, a senior at Cheney High School.
•”The Biggest Sky,” a story of transitions through the eyes of a young camper, by Corinna Bockstruck, a senior at Cheney.
Dittman will receive $75 for first place. Each of the runners-up will get $50.
The four finalists will be entered in the Outdoor Writers Association of America National Scholastic Writing Contest, which is open to any outdoor writing published in 2006 by junior high or high school students.
National winners, who can earn up to $200, will be announced next spring. In 21 years, 35 finalists from The Spokesman-Review contest have gone on to win national awards.
This year’s entries were judged by newspaper Outdoors editor Rich Landers, who said the finalists stood out in the crowd by producing compelling stories from the first paragraph to the last while avoiding the pitfalls of overwriting.
The winning entries once again have been illustrated on this page by Spokane Valley artist Dale Hamilton, a graduate of Central Valley High School.
Other students who made the final round of judging this year include:
E. Siler, Jennifer Smith and Caroline O’Grady of Lewis and Clark; Anzhela Storozhenko, Scott Andersen and Kara Kracher of Shadle, and Maria Naccarato of Central Valley.
The newspaper contest is announced in the fall.