Area teens win writing awards

The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships, a non profit that helps young people avoid abusive relationships, announced the winners of its 2012 “Love What’s Real” writing contest.

The group received 1,600 submissions of poetry and essays from teens across the state and will publish 100.

Angel Salazar, Jr. of Homedale High School took first place. Second place was a tie between Stephanie Martinez-Reyes of Marian Pritchett High School, in Boise, and Edmy Vega of Homedale High.

Third place, a three-way tie, went to Purni Adikari, Marian Pritchett and Delaney Rowe of Boise High School, and Kathryn Thatcher, Homedale High School.

More winners are listed here:

Honorable Mentions
Kerai Ali, Marian Pritchett
Cassandra Bowen, Salmon High School
Katie Goodwin, Madison High School, Rexburg
Rachel Kotter, Shelley High School
Frida M., Marian Pritchett

Hamiso Hassan, Marian Pritchett
Shell-Bee Mallory, Boise High School
Halima Mohamed, Marian Pritchett
Kayla Oklepek, Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian
Emerson Soule, Caldwell High School

The students at Marian Pritchett, who are taught by Christine Murphy, received a total of six awards and had 10 pieces over all that will be published. They also work with writer Malia Collins as part of The Cabin literary center’s “Writers in the Schools” program.

Click here to read the winning entries.