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Pearl S. Buck writing contest winners announced

Pearl S. BuckThe Pearl S. Buck Advisory Committee announced winners of the second annual Pearl S. Buck writing competition this week. 

The Office of the President sponsored cash prizes, and the Department of English awarded a scholarship to the winning high school student for the West Virginia Writer’s Workshop. Winning submissions best reflected the life and values of Pearl S. Buck. 

The winning high school entry was Bluefield High School student Ciara McGee for her untitled poem on the pain of losing a parent to death from addiction. The winning undergraduate was WVU student Jadeyn Dahang-Young for her story "Silk & Steel," which gives advice on the struggles an adopted Chinese girl may face growing up. The winning graduate student was Amber Milstead, a West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate student whose story "Grace" reflects returning home to West Virginia. 

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