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Thursday November 1, 2018 at 12:17pm Age: 172 days
Category: Middle School, District


"It was a dark and stormy night" was first written by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel, “Paul Clifford.”


The Minisink Valley Middle School Library borrowed his often parodied phrase for use in its annual Halloween story contest.   


“The intent is to give the students a chance to showcase their writing and artistic talents,” said Librarian Maggie Spicehandler.


All submissions are put on display in the hallway so other students and staff member can read them.  All faculty and staff members are invited to vote for the winners. 


Winners were recently selected and Tiana Kuo was picked as the first-place winner; Andrew Hines, second place; and Skyla Barnhart, third place.


"I felt surprised and excited to find out I won,” said Tiana. “I like to write and I love to draw.   I wanted to try something new. I think everyone should try something new because it's worth it and if you win you'll be really happy and learn something new."


As part of her first place honors, Tiana read her winning story to the school during the school's morning announcements.


Tiana, Andrew and Skyla also received trophies. In addition, every student who entered the contest came  to the library for a piece of candy to thank them for their submissions.  


And here’s a fun fact:  The phrase has been used frequently as a comic device by Charles M. Schulz in the popular comic strip “Peanuts.” The aspiring author Snoopy is often portrayed typing: “It was a dark and stormy night.”