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College students honored for outstanding writing

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SMITHFIELD — Students at Johnston Community College were recognized Thursday for their outstanding poetry and prose writing in the 2019 Cynthia DeFord Adams Literary Competition.

In the prose category, Xenia Weakly of Clayton won first place, Abbagail Ann Fry of Selma won second place and Trey Dixon of Angier took third place. Nicholas Ellis of Selma received an honorable mention.

In the poetry category, Trey Dixon of Angier won first place and Lianna Grace Fox of Clayton earned second- and third-place honors. Xenia Weakly of Clayton received an honorable mention.

A reception was held in the Frank Creech Art Gallery where students read their works and received their awards.

Winners received cash prizes generated from the Cynthia DeFord Adams scholarship endowment managed through the Johnston Community College Foundation.

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.