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Release Date: 4/12/2018 Contact: First year ever that two student winners have come from the same school

Carver Center students win first, second prizes in international Jack London Writing Contest

Leo Sheingate
Leo Sheingate
TOWSON - Leo Sheingate and Katharine Doggett, students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, won first and second prize respectively in the 2018 Jack London Foundation Writing Contest. (London, author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, was one of the most successful American writers in the early 20th century as well as a journalist and social activist.)

This is the first time in the history of the contest that two winners have been selected from the same school in the same year, according to the foundation.

Both Sheingate and Doggett study fiction writing with Suzanne Supplee, Carver Center’s literary arts department chair.

Sheingate of Anneslie, a Grade 12 student, was selected as the first prize winner for his story “A Hunt for Wolves.” He will receive a $2,000 prize and is invited to the Jack London Annual Banquet in January 2019 (in Sonoma, CA). That same month his story will be printed in the foundation’s newsletter and posted on the foundation’s website.

Doggett of Catonsville, a Grade 11 student, was honored as the second prize winner for her story "Terminal." She will receive a $1,000 prize, and her story will appear in the foundation’s newsletter and on its website in October 2018.

Supplee relates Carver Center students’ success this year to a Jack London quote: You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

Katie Doggett
Katie Doggett

“For a number of years,” Supplee said, “we tried in vain to score a national winner in the Jack London competition. Several years ago, students and I decided to approach this competition just as London likely would have: We went after it ‘with a club.’ The result was a third place winner in 2013 and a second place winner in 2014. Two winners in 2018 is simply amazing!”

Each year, Supplee has her students research London’s life and analyze his stories in terms of theme and structure. After that they begin writing, workshop the stories, and then students revise.

“London’s characters demonstrate endurance and grit,” Supplee said, “two things writers need in abundance. I am incredibly grateful to the Jack London Foundation for this competition, a celebration not only of London, but also of young writers.”

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