PRCC writers bring home awards

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POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College won nine awards at the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association conference last month and PRCC digital media coordinator Ronn Hague was elected to the association Hall of Fame.The college literary magazine, The Magic River, won first place and Jessica Bellamy of Geismar, La., took first place in the drama category for Brody Girl.Clara Bridges of Lumberton and Ken Hall of Picayune won second place in drama for Friday Night Date.Honorable mention awards went to Tran Diep of Biloxi and Jessica Teston of Picayune in the literary essay category; Brittany Williams of Hattiesburg, a student at the Forrest County Center, in the non-fiction category; Heath Parker of Purvis, a Forrest County Center student, in poetry; Teston and Bellamy of Geismar, La., in short fiction.The association annually honors a former student award winner with selection to the Hall of Fame, said Julia Ferguson, PRCC English instructor and sponsor of the Creative Writing Association on the Poplarville campus.Ronn Hague won several awards when he was a student – essay, short story, and poetry, she said. In addition, he started The Magic River and each of the editions he edited won first place. The Hall of Fame is to honor former winners who have continued to distinguish themselves in the field of writing. Ronn has published two books and has done extensive work on script writing for film.Hague books, The Least of These and The Warriors and The Battle for Poplar Grove are available through