Johnston Community College recently recognized seven students for their outstanding poetry and prose writing in the Cynthia DeFord Adams literary contest.
James Nagy of Clayton was the grand prize winner for his poetry entry. In the poetry category, Casey Cooke of Archer Lodge won first place, Anna Cheshire of Benson was second, and Ashley Carter of Angier placed third. In the prose category, Nagy won first and third place, and Cheshire won second place. Honorable mention went to Bryan Stewart of Clinton, Kibwe Ballah of Selma, Nagy and Douglas Stillwell of Clayton.
Nagy received an iPad and a cash prize for his grand-prize writing. All other winners received cash prizes generated from the Cynthia DeFord Adams scholarship endowment.
Nagy, who won four awards, is transferring to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington after graduating from JCC this month. “I was so surprised to win, and I’m so grateful and thankful for the instructors for teaching me so much,” he said.