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Winning writers honored at NOVA-Manassas

The winners of the Annual Writing Competition at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College were announced recently.

The winners received cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place in four categories:  essay, one-act play, poetry and fiction.

Nathanael Lash of Broad Run earned first place in the essay category for “Two Degrees Above Freezing.” Second place went to James Ferrante of Gainesville for “An Aging and Weary Friend” and third place went to Richard J. Banagh of Haymarket for “Never Prepared.”

In the one-act play category, Donald J. Tyrrell of Dumfries won first place for “In a Kingdom by the Sea.” Cassandra Newman of Stafford earned second place for “The Plagiarist’s Lament” and Hays McCormick of Manassas took third place for “Misconceptions.”

Christina Singel of Manassas won first place in the poetry category for “My Father’s House.” Margaret L. Lovitt of Nokesville received second place for “Noises.” Lash, the first-place winner in the essay category, also earned third place in poetry for “More Than Flowers.”

In the fiction category, first place went to Michael Throne of Ashburn for “Christmas.” Rebecca Burton of Manassas earned second place for “A Kiss for Candy” and Justin Walker of Reston received third place for “Hounds of Susquehanna.”

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.