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SMS Student Wins National Halloween Ghost Story Contest

posted Nov 27, 2017, 12:37 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 12:37 PM ]
Contest winner Scott Sullivan
It started small and local in Massachusetts, but over the twenty years of its existence, the Halloween Ghost Story Contest has grown greatly to become one of the largest scary story contests in the nation. In fact, each year thousands of entries are received from all over the country and even from a variety of other nations. The winning stories are viewed by hundreds of thousands of readers. This year, first place in the middle school category was awarded to Scott Sullivan, an eighth grade student at Seneca Middle School. Encouraged to enter by his English/Language Arts teacher Stephanie Necessary, Scott said, “Winning against thousands of people is a big deal, to say the least. I was mostly in it for the fun. It was exciting to try and find the best flow for the nine-page story, and I was quite surprised to find out I had won. All in all, I'm quite happy that the story I put so much work into got first place.” His story, “S.A.G.E.,” features a military unit tasked with guarding and escorting “supernatural anomalies” and may be read in full at