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2008-2009 Call to Pens Results

The results are in! After reading through more than 250 entries, the judges have selected the winning entries from the “A Call to Pens” Competition of 2008!

Students between the ages of twelve and fifteen created stories exploring the “Pursuit of Purpose.” Participants in the second division, ages sixteen to eighteen, penned fiction with the theme, “Joy in Pain.” Top entrants from Loudoun County, Virginia, home of PHC, received special recognition in both divisions.

Click the story title next to the winner’s name to read the entry. All entries are in Adobe Acrobat format.

First Division


Second Division

First Place
"A Sound Like Breaking Glass"
Abigail Kurtz
  First Place
Ashlie A. Vandebrooke
Second Place
Bailey Bergmann
  Second Place
"Without a Voice"
Larissa Sprecher
Third Place
"I'm Sorry"
Constance Chan
  Third Place
"The Question"
Mary York
Honorable Mentions
"Outside the Glass Box"
Catey Yuen
"The Legend of the Great Pancake"
Raymond Dokupil
  Honorable Mentions
"Bounty Hunter"
Mary York
"An Answer to Prayer"
Taylor Gutschow
Best of Loudoun County
"Pricilla's Purpose"
Holly Wolking
  Best of Loudoun County
"The Old Trunk"
Gabrielle Ryan

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who entered! Please check back early fall 2009 for the next competition!

Please contact “A Call to Pens” Competition Coordinator at shortstory@phc.edu if you have any questions.


By submitting a short story you:
1) Give Patrick Henry College the right to publish all or part of your entry.
2) Agree to all rules and decisions of the judges and sponsors.

Patrick Henry College and its volunteers are not responsible for any lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail. Entrants must be U.S. citizens.

All profits from this competition will be given to the Barbara Hodel Student Center “Finish the Foundation” Fund of Patrick Henry College.