Mars Hill youth wins first prize in national writing contest

Press release from Cricket magazine:

PENELOPE BERKELEY of MARS HILL, age 9, received FIRST PRIZE in the January 2019 Cricket League writing competition. For this contest, each entrant was asked to submit an original story about a transformation. PENELOPE’s STORY “A LITTLE BIT OF MOONLIGHT” appears in the Cricket League section of the April 2019 issue and is posted at

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