Amanda Dickey and Brianna Housman, both juniors at Searsport District High School, have won the Maine Community College System’s “A Journey Into Writing” contest and were named “Governor’s Young Writers of the Year.” Gaelyn Lindauer, a junior at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, also won.

A Journey Into Writing is open to all high school juniors and home-schooled students of the same age. The three students were each presented with an award and a $2,500 check by Governor Paul LePage in a ceremony at the State House Thursday, June 7. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons joined the Governor in presenting the awards.

“Your creativity and the quality of your work are proof that Maine’s proud literary tradition is alive and well,” said Governor LePage in honoring this year’s winners. “You represent the best of Maine, and I’m honored to name you Governor’s Young Writers of the Year.”

Dickey won for her short story No One to Hear Her and Housman won for her short story She Fell. The judges for the eighth annual contest were noted Maine authors Susan Kenney, Bill Roorbach and Lewis Robinson.

Alex Lurie, of Brooks, a junior at Mount View High School in Thorndike, was a finalist, but did not ultimately win. He will receive a plaque and a check for $500.

To enter the contest, students submited a short story, essay, or poem of up to 1,500 words. More information about the contest, including this year’s top six entries, is available at