Bethel Awards High School Winner Named In International Writing Competition

Hannah Stahlhut earned the $20,000 scholarship from Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., with her winning entry in the first annual Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition. It is sponsored by Tweener Ministries in Warsaw, Ind. Stahlhut, a 16-year-old home school student from Danville, Ind., is first place winner from among student writers from 20 states and 11 foreign countries. Stahlhut’s imagination and creative writing has earned her a 7-day trip to Paris for her and her mother, Monica Stahlhut. That’s in addition to a $20,000 scholarship, a $1,000 cash prize, and a book contract for her novel, Journey to the Homeland. The cash prize is offered by the Gaither Foundation, the trip to Paris is provided by Joshua Expeditions, the scholarship is provided by Bethel College, and her book will be published by Baker Trittin Press.

“Tweener Ministries was formed two years ago to encourage literacy among tweeners, the 8-to-12-year-olds, especially boys,” according to Dr. Marvin G. Baker, president. “Because literacy is more than reading, we began looking for ways to encourage writing as well as reading. The Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition is the result. High school students were invited to write a book, a short novel between 15,000 and 25,000 words, that tweeners would want to read.”

Other winners include 15-year-old Estee Wells, who won second place for her book, Dimensions.  Estee is from Roanoke, Ind., and is taught by her mother, Peggy Sue Wells. The third place winner is 17-year-old Cassie Vlk, a 12th grader taught by Vivia Houck of Rockford Christian High School, Rockford, Ill. Her winning entry was titled, Of Ice and Icing. These two authors will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from Bethel College. 17-year-old Adam Stuck, a 12th grader taught by Robert Quiring of Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecuador, will receive a $6,000 scholarship from Bethel College for his book, Nathan Quist and the Case of the Crescent Earrings. The fifth place winner, 15-year-old Angela Flatt, a 10th grader taught by Jade Kayser of Mishawaka High School, Mishawaka, Ind., will also receiving a $6,000 scholarship from Bethel College for her book, Sweet Dreams.

Judges were surprised by the quality of the manuscripts submitted by the many young writers from around the world. “I couldn’t have done this myself at that age,” commented one well known author. “This is good! It’s publishable. I foresee a successful writing career for the author,” a senior editor wrote. “This is definitely a writer with a future,” was the evaluation by an internationally known author.

Tweener Ministries is officially announcing The Tweener Time Writing Competition 2008 on October 15th. The deadline for this competition will be May 15, 2008. Details and rules may be found at http://www.tweenerministries.org/.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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