April 5, 2023

Hinds CC awards top prizes in Literary Festival

Three Rankin County high school students won full tuition scholarships for a year to Hinds Community College after placing first place in the annual Literary Festival on March 31 on…
BY: Cathy Hayden
Photography: BRAD SMITH

Above Pictured are, from left, Hinds employees Carmen Abston and Betsy Martin; first place essay winner Dylan Davis of East Rankin Academy; first place poetry winner Hannah Robinson of Brandon High School; first place short story winner Maddie Hall of Northwest Rankin High School and Hinds employees Larry Martin, Vice President Dr. Thomas Ware, Academic Dean Gary M. Fox.

Winning the scholarships were Hannah Robinson of Brandon High School, Dylan Davis of East Rankin Academy and Maddie Hall of Northwest Rankin High School.

Contest winners include:


First Place
“Blue Magic”
Hannah Robinson, Brandon High School

Second Place
“As Rose Petals Fall”
Piper McGraw, Northwest Rankin High School

Third Place
Shriya Rajan, Northwest Rankin High School

Honorable Mentions
“When do we Wake?” Ellen Burnham, Hartfield Academy
“Mindset” Nia Jones, Hartfield Academy
“Feel of the Bump” Michael Andrew Newman, Hartfield Academy


First Place
“The Necessity of Practical Classes in School”
Dylan Davis, East Rankin Academy

Second Place
“Three Cornerstone Classes”
Anna Grace Corcoran, Brandon High School

Third Place
“Three Courses that Should be Included in Schools”
Alyssia Hill, Pisgah High School

Honorable Mentions
“Three Subjects That Should Be Taught in Schools” Jonas Vining,
East Rankin Academy
“Lessons That Last a Lifetime” Lindsey Watkins,
East Rankin Academy

Short Story

First Place
“Cicada’s Love Song”
Maddie Hall, Northwest Rankin High School

Second Place
“Just Another Walk”
Jacob Smith, Northwest Rankin High School

Third Place
Nora Rayne Edwards, Richland High School

Honorable Mentions
“My Best Friend” John Luke Johnston, East Rankin Academy
“Brother Against Brother” Dylan Wesson, East Rankin Academy