April 2, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Presidential Lecture Series committee has awarded three individuals as the winners in the UMFK-sponsored writing contest conducted this past spring.
Veronica Caron, a sophomore from Fort Kent Community High School was chosen as the contest winner. Sabrina Rocheleau, a sophomore from Fort Kent Community High School and Christopher J. Ienello, a UMFK alumnus and a middle school writing and history teacher in Lawrence, Massachusetts, were second and third, respectively
The Presidential Lecture Series contest reviewers Dorothy Hopkins, Dr. Doris Metz, and Lise Pelletier, read 60 entries, the largest number of essays sent in response to any of the bi-annual contests, since it began in 2010.
After the contest was announced in early February, an anonymous donor stepped forward to make possible an annual $50 award, named The Ourson (pronounced Or-son) Literary Award. The reviewers also will decide which winning entry merits this annual award from the fall and spring contest.
Each essay that was submitted for the 2011-2012 Presidential Lecture Series writing contest was read without knowing the name of the author, were unanimous in agreeing that the essay, entitled Guardian Angel, was the best essay submitted. Veronica Caron is the recipient for the 2012 Ourson Literary Award. The award will be presented at the UMFK Senior Awards Convocation to be held in May.
The purpose of the award is to encourage beginning writers and to acknowledge their contributions to the creativity of the area. The award offers in a small tangible way, an appreciation for the emerging efforts of those who wish to develop their creative writing skills. The award is not just for professional quality work, but for the best early efforts of writers. The award is to encourage achievement, not just to acknowledge excellence.
All six winning entries from the fall and spring writing contests will be published in a chapbook, which will be distributed at the UMFK Scholars Symposium on Friday, April 20.