Three Upper St. Clair High School students recently earned recognition in the 2021 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest.

Recent graduate Emily Rhodes placed second in the Poetry category for her poem “Blood Sisters.” In addition, junior Maanasa Reddy received honorable mention in both the Short Prose and Poetry categories, and senior Shana Reddy earned honorable mention in Poetry.

The award-winning entries are among the student writings published in the 2021 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology, which is distributed to all Allegheny County public and school libraries.

The contest, funded by an endowment from Munn, former Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh director, awards first-place winners in each category with $250 and second-place winners with $100. The contest was open to Allegheny County high school students.

Judging the contest were author Deesha Philyaw (Short Prose) and Paloma Sierra, emerging poet laureate of Allegheny County (Poetry).