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School District Five students display talent in Palmetto Scribe Short Story competition

For Immediate Release – May 13, 2019



School District Five students display talent in Palmetto Scribe Short Story competition

IRMO – Christian Davis from Spring Hill High School has won Lexington County Public Library’s Palmetto Scribe Short Story competition.


Davis’ submission entitled “True Colors” was selected by an independent panel of judges from the Irmo Branch Library. He was honored at the Palmetto Scribe author event on April 27 where he was presented a $500 check thanks to the Friends of the Irmo Branch Library who sponsored the event.


 “When I wrote “True Colors,” I intended it to be a story that would illustrate human nature, but as I wrote I discovered that I couldn’t keep it as single-purposed as that,” Davis said. “But I suppose at its core it is just a story about humanity, of its origin and nature, of its beauty and depravity, of what it is to be ruined by sin and self, and of the perfect wonder of saving restoration.”


Davis said his decision to enter the competition was easy, “I love writing. I love creating stories, I love giving life to characters, and I love turning the simplest things into something meaningful.”


Chapin High’s Darby Dedmond was awarded honorable mention in the competition for her story called, “Breakfast with Grandpa”. She received a certificate of recognition at the author event.


Dedmond says her story was inspired by a personal experience of breakfast with her grandpa.


‘“Breakfast with Grandpa” is a story about a girl and her grandfather’s routinely visits to The Peach Blossom Diner. Everything is going as planned when a man abruptly enters the restaurant, disrupting the welcoming atmosphere with his negative attitude,” said Dedmond. “The story goes on to discuss the customers’ different reactions towards this rude interruption, and how one individual continues to keep her head up and show the man continuous kindness.”  


The Palmetto Scribe Short Story competition is a yearly contest hosted by the Irmo Branch Library and is open to School District Five junior and senior students.


 “I am thrilled that several of our students participated in the Palmetto Short Story competition and are being recognized for their work,” said Robin Cox, School District Five’s coordinator for English Language Arts. “These students demonstrated world class skills and knowledge such as creativity and excellence in writing. This is another example of our focus on The Profile of a South Carolina Graduate!”


 Photo credit: Friends of the Irmo Branch Library