Brittney Dorton, 16, was named the junior winner of the competition, which is judged by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, chair of the College of Mount St. Joseph’s English and Modern Languages Department, and Enquirer columnist Krista Ramsey.
She’s a sophomore at Mount Notre Dame High School.
The contest is named for Barkley’s aunt, who once held a family writing contest that the professor won.
Barkley said Brittney’s poem, “You Know my Name, Not my Story,” was a powerful one.
“(She) enthralled me with the sweeping, cosmic feel to her writing, almost as if some mythic powerful woman was speaking through her,” she said.
Two runners-up are also from Mason: Haley Hopkins, 16, a junior at Mason High School, and Stephanie Schoenlein, 13, who’s in seventh grade at Mason Middle School.