This is the winner of our annual "scary drawing" contest.
The Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest again attracted a most creative group of entries from the dark shadows and corners of the county. And entries this year were again spectacular -- or rather, spooktacular.
Peyton Spence, a fifth-grader at Southside Elementary School, won our drawing contest, for children in fifth grade and younger, with a depiction of a cracked, bloody skull inside a graveyard. The drawing is pictured alongside this story. This is the second year in a row for Southside to scoop the competition.
"I like to draw a lot," said Peyton as his eyes lit up with excitement at the thought of Halloween coming up Monday. "I like the skull part the best. Ms. McTigue helped us out and gave us some ideas but I came up with the skull idea myself."
Adeline "Addie" Upfold
All three of our first-place story winners can be found on page 3D of our print edition today, with several honorable mention stories also included. Several top entries from the drawing contest are also featured throughout this Spooktacular edition.
The 9-13 age division again had strong entries, with children scaring the judges to tears with their creative and sometimes humorous stories.
The winner of this category is Adeline M. Upfold, 11, a student at Liberty School. Adeline managed to write about a 102-year-old winner -- and a popular teen heartthrob -- all in the same story, "The night terror struck." Judges appreciated Adeline's sense of humor and creativity.
Special mention goes to Nicolas McCall, whose skills as an articulate young writer were evident in "Raising Kane."
In the 14-17 age division, 16-year-old Paige Vincion impressed judges in her story, "Silver Gone Woods." Paige represents Community High School.
Kathryn "Katie" Parker
Kathryn "Katie" Parker of Shelbyville, an English major at Middle Tennessee State University, won the adult division with "Weredragon."
First place winners in each division received a $25 prize.
Julio Francesconi, a frequent contest winner, elected to skip the competition and instead share with us a non-competitive entry, "The Inn on Route 1," which was well over our 750-word limit. Francesconi's story is also featured inside.
The newspaper thanks and congratulates all those who entered, and looks forward to seeing your entries again next year.