The 1983 New Era Contest Winners: Reflections of Creativity

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    Almost a year ago we asked you to share your reflections with us in the 1983 New Era Writing, Art, Photography, and Music Contest. And the reflections came, thousands of them, dazzling in their depth, variety, and beauty.

    There were poetic reflections of “cygnets flying over silver seas dappled by galaxies”; “tin cans of stale talk”; “the hole in the floor where your bed used to be”; and “smooth blue sheets of glass-blown sea.”

    Fiction brought us a reflection of a girl’s painful reconciliation with her father. The article category reflected an elderly Japanese Saint teaching charity to two young missionaries. Through photography we saw a boy and his bicycle in a magic world, and art introduced us to the glory of onions.

    In the hymn category the reflection was that of a young person’s love for the Savior, and a winning song admonished us to “Learn Wisdom in Thy Youth.” These are only a few of the myriad reflections of love and wisdom you shared with us.

    We, in our turn, will share with all of you as many of these reflections as we can in this issue and, from time to time, through the year. Seeing the world mirrored in your talent, we have seen it new and clear and wonderful. Thank you for the reflections.

    Article Winners

    1st Place

    Brent Schindler (23) Idaho Falls, Idaho

    2nd Place

    Kirsten Christensen (19) Tempe, Arizona

    3rd Place

    Carole T. Warburton (25) Tremonton, Utah

    Honorable Mention

    Lyn Bolton (23) Enon, Ohio

    Ami Peterson (17) Sandy, Utah

    Sabrina R. Robertson (19) Columbus, Georgia

    Art Winners

    1st Place

    Karen E. Bennett (20) Sandy, Utah

    2nd Place

    Shane Worrell (15) Sugar City, Idaho

    3rd Place

    Patricia L. Slade (20) Orem, Utah

    Honorable Mention

    Kathryn Brown (19) Mesa, Arizona

    Laura Fair (21) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    John R. Foster (25) Portland, Oregon

    Jose Ortega (19) Miami, Florida

    Fiction Winners

    1st Place

    Dayle King Searle (23) Pocatello, Idaho

    2nd Place

    Brad Wilcox (23) Provo, Utah

    3rd Place

    Carole T. Warburton (25) Tremonton, Utah

    Honorable Mention

    Kristen Binns (18) Seattle, Washington

    Susan Ferguson (22) Fremont, California

    Carol Ham (18) Athens, Ohio

    Carole Harker (19) Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

    Jon Stout (18) Hurricane, Utah

    Poetry Winners

    1st Place

    Holly Ann Welker (19) Thatcher, Arizona

    2nd Place

    Denise Belnap (20) Inkom, Idaho

    3rd Place

    Becky Jo Ward (19) Blackfoot, Idaho

    Honorable Mention

    Kirsten Christensen (19) Tempe, Arizona

    Jessica Goodfellow (17) Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

    Carolyn Packard (18) Silver Spring, Maryland

    Sharron Raye Pitts (19) Sandy, Utah

    Shane Stewart (14) Meadow, Utah

    Elayne Wells (17) Salt Lake City, Utah

    Annette Woodruff (16) Olds, Alberta, Canada

    Hymn Winners

    1st Place

    Brent N. Jorgensen (24) Mesa, Arizona

    2nd Place

    Julie Larsen (23) Highland, Utah

    Honorable Mention

    Debra Kirkpatrick (13) Cedar Hills, Utah

    Mark J. Nielsen (21) Bountiful, Utah

    Song Winners

    1st Place

    Brent N. Jorgensen (24) Mesa, Arizona

    2nd Place

    Dwight Blazin (20) Castro Valley, California

    Honorable Mention

    Brad Wilcox (23) Provo, Utah

    Alan Williams (17) Fort Collins, Colorado

    Photography Winners

    1st Place

    Julianne Thornley (25) Phoenix, Arizona

    2nd Place

    Aaron Vinck (19) Placerville, California

    3rd Place

    Jose Ortega (19) Miami, Florida

    Honorable Mention

    Mark Allen (20) Orem, Utah

    Dana Beck (20) Bakersfield, California

    Linda Clark (13) Culver City, California

    Jay Curtis (16) Mesa, Arizona

    Chad Guisinger (14) Walla Walla, Washington

    Lynn Howlett (20) Anchorage, Alaska

    R. Tracy Jones (19) Plainfield, Indiana

    Franklin S. Nilson (23) Salt Lake City, Utah

    Darin Oswald (19) Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Wayne Rickords (18) Pasco, Washington

    Kelly Smith (24) Sparks, Nevada

    Shawn Stradley (15) Riverton, Utah

    Rex Strother (21) Seal Beach, California

    Bryan Waters (16) Solvang, California

    [photo] Photo by Gerald Bybee

    [photos] Brent Schindler; Kirsten Christensen; Carole T. Warburton; Karen E. Bennett; Shane Worrell; Patricia L. Slade; Dayle King Searle; Brad Wilcox; Carole T. Warburton; Holly Ann Welker; Denise Belnap; Becky Jo Ward; Brent N. Jorgensen; Julie Larsen; Brent N. Jorgensen; Dwight Blazin; Julianne Thornley; Aaron Vinck; Jose Ortega