Starmount High School’s scary story contest held

BOONVILLE — In the month of October, what is more festive than a scary story? Students at Starmount High got involved in this tradition by participating in a contest that tested their skills in suspenseful writing and flat-out horror.

English teacher Jaclyn Hughes sparked up the competition by announcing to the entire student body a contest in which the writer produces his or her own scary story, judged by the English Department. Winners received a prize for first, second, and third place.

Winner of the third place prize, Kadon Renegar, won two tickets to the infamous Hacker House, where he could express his love for terror even more. Second place went to Christy Rucker, who won a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The second place story was a beautiful yet terrifying tale of love….. with a major twist.


Winners of the contest are, from left, third place, Kadon Renegar; second place, Christy Rucker; grand prize, Devin Swaim.           Photo by Kaitlin Howell

This project, led by Hughes with help from the other English teachers, got students involved with a little extracurricular writing. The incentives that were offered got the students interested and involved in creative writing, which was the sole purpose of the contest.

After the results were announced, all participants attended a party in Hughes’ classroom. The party was a reward to the students for their participation and hard work. At the Halloween-themed celebration, kids played trivia games, won more prizes and enjoyed refreshments.

Interested in their stories? Read here via this link.

Molly Nichols is a member of the Starmount High School Journalism Club.