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Fort Ligonier names Scary Story winners

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 9:58 p.m.

The Fort Ligonier Scary Story winners have been announced. Recipients were to be recognized during the ghost tour event at the fort, but the event was cancelled because of the severe weather conditions on Halloween.

The winners will receive gift certificates to Fort Ligonier's museum store, a copy of Ghosts and Legends of Fort Ligonier, Expanded Edition, and gift certificates donated by Chick-fil-A, Greensburg.

“With over 200 entries submitted in Fort Ligonier's first annual Scary Story contest, it was a daunting task to select the winners,” said Mary Manges, director of education at Fort Ligonier. “We are grateful to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania students in Dr. Helen Sitler's English Education Department for taking the time to carefully review and judge the stories.”

Students were required to include at least two people from Fort Ligonier's history and the setting of the story had to be at the historic Fort anytime from September 1758 through the present day. They were encouraged to use suspense, mystery, and intrigue while writing the stories.

Winners in each of the three age categories are as follows:

Grades 4-6: First place: “The Haunting in Fort Ligonier,” Luke Cornish, R. K. Mellon Elementary School, Ligonier; second place: “Fort Terror!” Faith McDowell, Ligonier Valley Middle School; and third place: “A Ghostly Tour of the Fort,” Simon Brown, Ligonier Valley Middle School.

Grades 7-9: First place: “Murder at Fort Ligonier,” Erin Weir, Wendover Middle School, Hempfield School District; second place (tie): “Haunting at Fort Ligonier,” Morgan Riggleman, West Hempfield Middle School; second place (TIE): “Scary Story - Fort Ligonier,” Erin Berzonski, Conemaugh Township Middle School; third place: “Eternal Love,” Alexis Buncich, Conemaugh Township Middle School

Grades 10-12: First place: “Fright Ligonier,” Stephen Hilsman, Ligonier Valley High School; second place: “Friendly Fire Incident,” Rachel Krunszyinsky, Greensburg Salem High School.

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