"I was moved by each story I read. The writers clearly understand both the pain and loss that can come with distracted driving," said bestselling author Casey Sherman. "These students are far better writers than I was at their age. I hope to be reading their books one day." The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation announced today this year’s writing contest finalists, selected by best-selling author Casey Sherman. Sherman is an award winning journalist, theatre producer and best-selling author of six books, including: “The Finest Hours” (now in development at Walt Disney Studios); “A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler”; “Black Irish, Black Dragon”; the upcoming “Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared Assassin”; and his latest best seller, “Bad Blood” (Now in development as a major motion picture).
This year’s $1,000 first place prize goes to Kailyn P. Carr of Warwick. About her work, entitled Impact, Sherman said “The story is well constructed, the prose is rich in detail. I felt the main character Deirdre's pain and guilt. Writing is supposed to trigger an emotional reaction and this piece certainly did. Bravo!”
The second place $500.00 prize goes to Emily McNeiece of Narragansett, for her submission, A Second Chance. Casey writes “The author chose smartly to write about the near misses in life, how closely we have all come at one point or another to tragedy in our lives. Well done!”
This year’s third place $350.00 winner is Emma Joy Fitzelle-Jones, also from Warwick, who won for her writing entitled, The Yellow Bumper Sticker. “I thoroughly enjoyed this piece as it provided two completely different perspectives from the main characters”, states Sherman, “It also reinforced the reality that distracted driving occurs not only with carefree teenagers, but with those driven to succeed as well.
"We are pleased and honored that an acclaimed author such as Casey Sherman judged our 2014 writing contest," states KDMF President Joel Chase. "Each year the contest has grown, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and distracted driving. Students tell us they are thrilled that a best-selling author is reading their work and picking the top winners."
The KDMF is also proud to announce that for the second year AAA Southern New England has joined forces with KDMF as their corporate sponsor for the contest.
For the past ten years, KDMF has awarded money and prizes to students who placed in the annual writing contest. This year’s topic is about the dangerous consequences of distracted driving. Students are asked to create or recount a story that depicts the dangerous consequences of texting or talking on a cell phone while driving.
The KDMF and AAA Southern New England will present monetary awards to the three top winners and the student receiving Honorable Mention. in addition to the monetary prizes winners received professionally created posters with the winners’ names and writing entries will remain on display at the mall during the week following the ceremony. For more information about the contest and annual scholarships that the KDMF awards visit the Foundation’s website at www.kdmf.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.