Southport Woman's Club sponsored writing contest at Thomas Academy

May 12, 2021

Lake Waccamaw, NC –Thomas Academy’s Celia Mitchell and Wesley Smith were recently recognized as the winners of the Spring Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the Southport Woman’s Club.

Each winner received a framed certificate, a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, critiques of their work by the judges, and a copy of “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott. The Southport Woman’s Club members Ronni Rose, Ann Rankowitz and Janet Banks presented the items. Susan Crabtree and Chris Stitcher were also key contributors from the club in putting together the competition.

The guidelines for the submissions were to select a topic of personal interest to write a short story or non-fiction essay of five pages or less. The competition was open to all students at Thomas Academy. Boys and Girls Homes Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Mason Fuller Smith, collected the submissions.

“The students really appreciated the feedback on their work,” Smith said. “I saw them comparing notes and sharing the feedback with their class. Both the students are also enjoying the book and shared that they have displayed the certificate in their homes.”

The Southport Woman’s Club also presented Thomas Academy High School English Teacher Tara Haynes with a $150 donation to support the department.

“I am so grateful they thought of our students,” Haynes said. “I plan to purchase writing journals with prompts for the students so we can continue to grow the writing program at Thomas Academy.”

The Southport Woman’s Club has already committed to hold the competition for Thomas Academy students again next spring.

“This is a great incentive for our students,” said Thomas Academy Principal George Ward. “I am already hearing from students that they wished they had entered this year. We look forward to seeing even greater participation next year.”

About Thomas Academy

Thomas Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School that educates middle and high school students. Located in Lake Waccamaw, the academy provides a tailored academic experience to students who are oftentimes in need of a more specialized, integrated curriculum. Thomas Academy was founded on personalization in education, unique offerings and educating through purposeful design. Enrollment is open to any student in grades six through 12. For more information, visit our website