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UCBA Recognizes Top Poets, Food Writers, and Songwriters


May 29, 2014 – Fireflies, Paris, and the best food in the universe were topics for winning entries in the annual UC Blue Ash Writing Contest, hosted by the English & Communication Department at the college.

The contest, which was part of the Poetry Month celebrations at UC Blue Ash College, recognized winners in the poetry, food writing, and songwriting categories.

As part of efforts to by professors to increase interest in creative writing among the younger generation, there was again a category for area high school students to submit their work.

Below are the 2014 UC Blue Ash Writing Contest winners:

Poetry: College Contest Winners

1st Place: Gracie DiGennaro for “Fireflies”

2nd Place: Hayley Day for “Waste”

3rd Place: Makenzie Walters for “Paris is Burning”


Poetry: High School Contest Winners

1st Place: Joshua Posey for “Poeticus Interruptus” from Purcell Marian HS

2nd Place: Dezire Lowry for “Cave Finger Fluting” from Purcell Marian HS

3rd Place: Jordan Joiner for “Tainted” from Purcell Marian HS


Food Writing Contest Winners

1st Place: Hayley Day for “The Universe’s Best Food”

2nd Place: Aurora Patag for “Cincinnati – Kitchen Heart”


Music Songwriting Contest Winner

1st Place: Caylan Hays for “Morning Dew” from Boone County High School


The winners of the Poetry category each received poetry collections, the top Food Writing entries won $300 and $150 in scholarship fees, and the songwriting winner received a new guitar, courtesy of Willis Music.

The next UC Blue Ash Writing Contest will be held during spring 2015 and is open to all UC Blue Ash and area high school students.  Details will be announced this fall.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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