Winners announced in second annual Creative Writing Contest

Mount Mercy University congratulates the winners of its second annual Creative Writing Contest for high school juniors.

Brennan Bogert, from Regina High School in Iowa City, Iowa, was the grand prize winner, earning an Apple Ipad®. Second place went to Sarah Mork, from Marion High School in Marion, Iowa, and third place went to Marissa Bouska, from North Fayette High School in Hawkeye, Iowa.

Bogert’s winning entry, titled My Neighbor’s Daughter, has been published in Mount Mercy’s creative writing magazine, The Paha Review, along with the names of all the award winners and honorable mentions.

Bogert, Mork and Bouska were invited to recite their creative work alongside Mount Mercy students during the Scholarship Festival on May 2.

Students who received honorable mentions include:

  • Natalie Bonthius, Regina High School
  • Catherine Boyle, Columbus Catholic High School
  • Michael Clapp, Regina High School
  • Xena Fitzgerald, Mount Vernon High School
  • Katherine Jamtgaard, West Hancock High School
  • Kassie Kittredge, George Washington High School
  • Elizabeth Schwendinger, Woodward-Granger High School
  • Kimberly Shiu, Regina High School
  • Nicole Tuttle, BGM Community High School
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Regina High School

The contest provided 37 high school juniors with a unique opportunity to obtain feedback on their creative writing from Mount Mercy English professors and upper-level creative writing students.

Participants were asked to submit one creative work of no more than 1,000 words (a poem, story, or piece of creative nonfiction) to enter.

To read the winning entries, please visit Mount Mercy’s website:

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