2008 Will Rogers Writing Contest Announces Winners

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By: E&P Staff

Richard J. Maturi has been selected the first-place winner of the 2008 Will Rogers Writing Contest.

Maturi won the third-annual nationwide competition, sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, for his essay, “Dateline: Point Barrow,” a commentary on the current political season.

Entrants submitted an essay of 500 to 750 words written in the style of Will Rogers. Maturi?s entry was deemed the best of all submissions received as the best example of Rogers’ style of writing.

Joel Fry of Wichita, Kan., took second place with a series of briefs written in the form of “Will Rogers Telegrams.”

History teacher/counselor Jeannie Cale of Pryor, Okla., won third place writing as if Rogers were reporting on the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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