Quill winners announced

Quill ceremony and poetry reading slated for May 6

The Crowder Quill, a literary and art magazine of Crowder College, will host the annual awards ceremony with a campus- and Big Sky by Mark Cole - Community Gold community-wide poetry reading. The event will take place Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in Elsie Plaster Community Center Auditorium on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo.

The public is welcome. RSVPs for poetry are requested; others are welcome to the microphone as time permits. Poetry that is NOT published in this edition of the Quill is encouraged, as the magazine will be made available following the ceremony.

“This year’s ceremony and publication continues the 36-year tradition of our mission to encourage and showcase our area’s authors and artists,” said Latonia Bailey, Crowder Quill adviser since 1994.

The event will also include the announcement of those whose entries were chosen to be published in the 2016 edition and awards presentations.

All published entrants will receive a certificate for gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention. Award placements will not be announced until the ceremony. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served.

The ceremony is being hosted in conjunction with the Art Department’s student art open house in which a reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Longwell Museum.

Hand-delivered Quill art entries are now available for return by arrangement. Entrants should email Lbailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410.

A PowerPoint Presentation will showcase the winning photography and art entries during the ceremony. Remaining entries will not be displayed but will be available for pickup after the ceremony.

The Magazine Production class comprise the staff and judged the entries, designed the magazine, and host the ceremony. Current staff members are Clara Brodeur, Diamond; Ulises Camacho, Rogers, Ark.; Rebekah Clay, Pineville; Whitney Crinklaw, Stockton; Vada Harris, Neosho; Megan Kehoe, Neosho; Celeste Ponce, Neosho; Katherine Pollock, Neosho: Christian Smith, Joplin; Kaylee Starks, Granby; Drew Young, Pierce City; and adviser Latonia Bailey, Goodman.

The Crowder Quill recently received a national award of “Best Community College Literary Magazine” from the American Scholastic Press Association for the 2015 edition, the third consecutive year for the prestigious award.
Members of the 2015 staff were Alexis Arenas-Andrade, Springdale, Ark.; Kerrigan Arnold, Reeds Springs; Alyssa Beck, Buffalo; Jacob Dalton, Anderson; Logan Hamby, Neosho; MaryBeth Hertzog, Pleasant Hill; Kate Kelley, Neosho; Ashley McGee, Jane; Sofia Sanchez Salcedo, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Owen Swearingen, Wheaton; Drew Young, Pierce City; and adviser Latonia Bailey, Goodman.

Begun in 1980, the Quill is published each spring; the contest deadline is Feb. 1 each year, and divisions are high school, Crowder students, and community adults. The categories are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, 2D art, 3D art, digital art, color photography, and black and white photography. Entries are received online via the website www.CrowderQuill.com.

Winners of the contest, sorted by hometown, are as follows:

AndersonUnorthodox Sunrise by Jacqueline Cole - Crowder Gold

Kierra Weber

Karynn Alley

Jilberto Alejo

Kristan Anacito

Alisha Dziennik

Henri Whitehead

Leandra Tuggle

Jewell Parnell

Merry Anne Tate

Kim McCully-Mobley
Bella Vista

Mary Stewart

Carl Junction

Mark Cole

Jessica Sellers

Sevie Kinzer

Stormi Norton

Carly Reeves

Makayla Draeger



Taylor Haskins



Teresa Boston



Liz Spence

El Dorado Springs

Jennifer Snyder



Tyler Dallis


Fort Smith

Julio Gonzalez



Aydan Hutchinson

Amanda Quinn


GranbySimple Life by Jilberto Alejo - High School Gold

Gabriel Cole

Jacqueline Cole

Kaylee Starks



Jennifer Benson



Salma Moustafa

Seth Wolfshorndl

Jera White

Joanne Kim

Sarah Aggus

Brianne Shackles

Ethan Ross

Chris Smith

Lauren Jackson

Sophia Miller

Tiffany Durbin



Catherine Williams



Elise Siler



Amy Sampson

John Baty, Jr.

Collin Randles

Itzel Cervantes

Jovany Serrano

Emilee Kuschel


Mount Vernon

Linda Sparkman



Esmeralda Hernandez

John Mills

Sandy Peters

Skylar Howe

Tori Murray

Kaitlyn Welch

Leslie Wright

Megan Kehoe

Alec Fehring

Barry Charter

Latonia Bailey

Vada Harris

Emily Waldrop

Celeste Ponce



Ryann Rosenbohm

Kayla Reese

Parker Owens



Darren Clay

Daniel Cowen

Rebekah Clay

Lacey Boze


Pleasant Hill

Mary Beth Hertzog


Rich Hill

Melissa Entrikin



Fanita Forero

Chayse Jones

Sarah Hill



Seth Hilton


Webb City

Travis Scheerer

Reese Dalton

Margarite Stever



Nicole Foster



Lyda Yang