Carroll students share creative flair in Summer Shorts entries

Library system cites youth creativity in word and image

August 27, 2011|By Katie V. Jones

Carroll County Public Library celebrated creativity in both the written word and the video image this week, as the system recognized the winners of its annual summer short story and film contest for young adults Aug. 22 at a ceremony at Carroll Community College.

The contest was open to all middle school and high school summer reading participants in the county. Winners were chosen from each age group for each genre. The 12 winners had their works featured during the ceremony.

"We had, over the entire contest, over 100 entries," said Beth Heltebridle, children's service supervisor at the CCPL's Mount Airy Library.

Heltebridle said the library system has hosted the story competition for about the past five years. Over the past three years, CCPL added the video component.

Judges said they found a great depth of emotions, care and talent in the entries.

"What joy we had, not only reading them, but discussing them," said Laura Bowers, a local author, who along with Gayle Sands, a teacher at Crossroads Middle School, were judges of the written entries for middle schoolers. "It is such an honor for us to be a part of this."

The video entries were judged by Paul Oakes, a filmmaker and librarian with North Carroll Library, together with Charlie Ruckus, of the Westminster-based Ruckus Productions film company. Both encouraged participants to continue exploring their creativity.

"You guys got the passion," Oakes said. "Keep pushing forward."

Kylah Fanning, 13, an eighth grader at Westminster East Middle School, was the winner of the middle school short story contest with her entry, "To Hear the Ocean."

"I have no idea where it comes from," Fanning admitted of her stories. "I'm starting to write a novel."

As the winner of the high school short story contest for her piece, "So Fake It's Good," Cat Righter, 16, a student at Manchester Valley High School, said she has been writing stories since she was a small child.

"I have wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid," Righter said. "I wanted to be a ballerina or a book writer."

The short video contest was won by Simeon Boyle of Manchester Valley in the high school division and Cameron Ducey, of Oklahoma Road Middle School, in Eldersburg, in the middle school category.

Boyle was not able to attend as he was visiting film schools. Ducey, 12, whose video was titled "Hop Holiday," won for the second year in a row.

"I wanted to do it with a gnome," Ducey said of her video, which featured a cement garden frog.

"None of the stores have gnomes. So I chose him," Ducey said, holding Hop, proudly under her arm.

Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was the Wooleyhand family. Nicole Wooleyhand, 16, was the third place winner in the film category and her brother Joshua, 11, was the third place winner in the same category for the middle school division.

"It's what they love to do," said their proud mother, Rebecca Wooleyhand. "They spend their summer making videos and editing. They're very creative."

Winners received prizes in both middle and high school divisions as follows: first place, $50, second place, $30, and third place, $20.

Library officials said that winning stories and videos that were provided in an electronic format will be available for the public to review in early September on CCPL's Teens Connect web page,, or The winners are:

Middle School Short Story

First: "To Hear the Ocean." By Kylah Fanning, 12, Westminster East Middle School.

Second: "Can You Hear Me?" by Carson Coleman, 12, Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Third: "Numb?" by Stephanie Thompson, 13, Gerstel Academy.

High School Short Story

First: "So Fake It's Good," by Cat Righter, 16, Manchester Valley High School.

Second: "The Changing of the Seasons," by Abi Fuller, 14, Liberty High School.

Third: "Skin Deep," by Rachel Sommer. 16. Home schooled, Taneytown.

Middle School Short Videos

First: "Hop Holiday," by Cameron Ducey, 12, Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Second: "Adventures of Mr. Monster," by Sam Phelps, 13, home schooled.

Third: "Alzheimer's," by Joshua Wooleyhand, 11, Sykesville Middle School.

High School Short Videos

First: "Let Go" by Simeon Boyle, 16, Manchester Valley High School.

Second: "Hey Devil," by Lauren Schipper and Monica Farfoglia, both 13, Manchester Valley High School.

Third: "Sisters Never Grow Up," by Nicole Wooleyhand, 16, Century High.

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