Front and Back Cover for the 2014 Edition of Expressions - Student Voices from North Alabama, the student anthology of the Huntsville Literary Association

Front and Back Cover for the 2014 Edition of Expressions – Student Voices from North Alabama, the student anthology of the Huntsville Literary Association

Huntsville Literary Association has announced the 2014 winners of the high school writing competition, The Dorothy Diemer Hendry Award for Literary Achievement.

These include:

SHORT STORY WINNERS

First Place and awardee for the Dorothy Hendry Award for Literary Achievement, Michaela Geib of Grissom High School, Huntsville for her short story, “Sylph Discovery”;  Second Place, Miranda Shapiro, Asbury School, Madison for “The Russian Swans”;  and Third Place, Emma Stowe, Huntsville High School, for “The Funambulist.”

POETRY WINNERS

First Place and awardee for the Dorothy Hendry Award for Literary Achievement, Hannah McMillan of James Clemens High School, Madison, for her poem “Glory Years”;  Second Place, Haley Palmer, Bob Jones High School. Madison, for “In Remembrance”;  and Third Place, Sarah Manders, Westminster Christian Academy, Madison, for “Alice.”

ART WINNERS

First Place, Alanis Craig, Bob Jones High, Madison, for her artwork used in the cover of Expressions 2014 “Plugged In”;  Second Place, Dylan Neal, James Clemens High School, Madison for “Edge of Obscure”;  and Third Place, Mary Matus, Grissom High School, Huntsville for “The Seeing Eye.”

Numerous other students had noteworthy contributions and are included in HLA’s student anthology published by The Ardent Writer Press, Expressions 2014-Student Voices from North Alabama (subtitled Face time).

Expressions 2014 will be published in May 2014 and available on Amazon.

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.