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WHS junior Melissa Ford poses with her 1st place certificate.

WHS Junior Wins Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Short Story Contest

Melissa Ford Takes Top Prize in High School Division

WHS Junior Melissa Ford won $50 by capturing first place in the high school division of the Sixth Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Short Story Contest.

Ford, along with the winners of the middle school and adult divisions, was honored at a banquet in Elmwood, the birthplace of Bess Streeter Aldrich, on April 18.

Ford reads an excerpt from her winning short story.

The 100 people in attendance listened to the winners read excerpts from their stories and heard Aldrich biographer, Carol Miles Petersen, talk about the Nebraska author.

Melissa poses with other contest winners.

Ford wrote the winning piece in Mr. Fangman’s English 11 class. Students read Aldrich’s short stories “The Man Who Caught The Weather” and “Another Brought Gifts,” and then wrote a story that captured the “wholesome spirit” of Aldrich’s fiction.

To read Ford's winning short story, "Chess' Freedom," click HERE.




WHS Junior Wins Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Short Story Contest

Dawn Fiscus
Saunders Medical CenterCNA/MA

Apr 22, 2009

I have to say that I have never been prouder of my daughter then that night. She was beautiful and intelligent all in one. Go MEL!
Susan Hilbert

Apr 23, 2009

You are an amazing author, Melissa! I am proud to be your aunt!
Jane Kleba
Fostoria, OHSchool Secretary

Apr 23, 2009

Melissa, I am so proud of you. That was an excellent story - made me tear up a bit. I think writing must be a family trait!
Karen Keckler
Rising Sun, OHAdministrative Assistant

Apr 23, 2009

Melissa, I am so proud of you! What a wonderful story. I really enjoyed reading it! Aunt Karen
Auntie Rose Weikerlatebloomers1932@aol.com

Apr 23, 2009

Wow!!! That was a great story. I can't believe that you are in the 11th grade and writing stories. That little blond girl I remember. We are very proud of you. Scott and Rosie
Cyndi Mavescyn102498@earthlink.netWauconda, IL

Apr 24, 2009

Congratulations, Melissa! Your story is amazing. You write with such depth and passion that your story seems to come alive as you read it! I certainly hope you continue to write. Very, very well done! You've much to be proud of! Love, Cousin Cyndi
Rhonda Obert

Apr 26, 2009

Melissa you are such a gifted person! You have so many talents and a wonderful personality that includes perseverance. To be honored in memory of this important historical person... awesome! Keep up the great work! You should be proud of yourself, because so many others are proud of you!
Diane Ulrichdiulrich@hotmail.com

Apr 30, 2009

Very impressive! Great job!
Ila Dick
La Feria, TXretired

May 02, 2009

Great job, kiddo