Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Competition received a record 57 entries.
Students at Johnston Community College were recently recognized for their outstanding poetry and prose writing in the 2016 Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Competition.
Christina Coomer of Clayton was the grand prize winner for her prose entry, "Runaway."
In the prose category, John Bennett of Clayton won first place, Roosevelt Conyers of Garner won second place, and Tropica Peters of Spring Lake won third place. In the poetry category, Breyia Spruill of Selma won first place, Marissa Pender of Clayton won second place, and John Bennett of Clayton won third place.
Croomer received a tablet and a cash prize for her grand prize writing. All other winners received cash prizes generated from the Cynthia DeFord Adams scholarship endowment managed through the JCC Foundation.
Bennett, who placed in both prose and poetry, is transferring to N.C. State University this fall. He said he participated in the contest because of the encouragement and support of his instructor and parents. "I was so thankful to win, because I wanted my teacher and parents to be proud of me," Bennett said.
Cynthia DeFord Adams was the first donor to the JCC Foundation. A Four Oaks native, she established a scholarship endowment to support literary writing in 1982. This year's Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Competition received a record number of 57 prose and poetry entries.
Cut line: From left are John Bennett; Tropica Peters; Susan Austin, English instructor; Breyia Spruill; Elizabeth Baker, English instructor; Marissa Pender; Roosevelt Conyers; and Dr. Twyla Wells, executive director of the JCC Foundation.