Annual Writing Contest Challenges Cardigan’s Creativity
For almost 50 years, Cardigan boys have had a chance to put their creativity to the test at the annual Edward A. Barney Written Expression Competition. Participation in the contest is optional and open to students from all grades. Mr. Wennik, chair of the English Department, oversees the competition, which in years past has included almost half of the student body and attracts boys with all levels of creativity and writing skill.
This year, more than 50 students gathered in Humann Theatre for an hour-long exploration of their creative side. They were challenged to create a story that either starts with or ends with the following piece of dialog: “...but if anyone asks, tell them we’re fine.” After seeing this phrase appear on the theater’s big screen, the boys quickly delved into the task by typing on their laptops, though some chose to put pencil to paper to develop their submission. When Mr. Wennik called “time,” it was laptops closed and pencils down, and time to hand in their entries. Due to scheduling conflicts, a second round of the competition has been planned for next week.
The pieces are judged independently by non-teaching members of our community, who look for the content’s adherence to the topic, the creativity of the piece, and the clarity of the writing. Less emphasis is placed on spelling and grammar—more on content and creativity. The winner will be announced during the Recognition Assembly at the end of the school year.
Congratulations to all boys who summoned the courage to enter the contest!