Congratulations to Hope Middle School of Greenville (pictured above) and Hickory High School, our 2017 The Quill State Champions!

Saturday, May 6 marked the 2017 State Finals of The Quill, an on-demand writing competition for middle and high school students in North Carolina.  The event was held at Lucas Middle School in Durham, and saw students answering prompts in Argumentation, Problem/Solution, Narrative (middle school), Creative Writing (high school), Informative/Explanatory (middle school), and Literary Analysis (high school).  

 In addition to the 90-minute on-demand writing session, students heard NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson speak about his experiences as a poet and writer.

 The following are our topped ranked schools and individual winners in each event:

 High school

1- Hickory High School

2- The Early College at Guilford (State Runner-Up)

3- Concord High School (State Second Runner-Up)

4- Atkins A&T High School

5- Northwood High School


Argumentation State Champion:  Claire McCrae of Hickory High School

Creative Writing State Champion: Charlotte Alcon of Concord High School

Literary Analysis State Champion: Sophie Rice of Hickory High School

Problem/Solution State Champion: Mishaela Robison of Hickory High School


Middle School

1- Hope Middle School

2- Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte (State Runner-Up)

3 tie - Mount Mourne School of Mooresville and Wayne School of Engineering

5- Highland Middle School of Harnett County


Argumentation State Champion: Kamille Smith of Wayne School of Engineering

Narrative State Champion: Katie Brimhall of Hope Middle School

Informative/Explanatory State Champion: Helena Thompson of Highland Middle School

Problem/Solution State Champion: Bryan Fischer of Jay M Robinson Middle School


Congratulations to all participating schools and students for a wonderful job!