Published Sunday, January 20, 2013
From Staff Reports
Harrison Strickland, a 10th grader at Heritage Christian School, won first place in the Spin Time essay contest.
The contest was held in conjunction with the Spin Time Storytelling Festival, sponsored by the Coweta Public Library System and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance in October. Organizers hope to make the storytelling fest an annual event.
Marie Vielot, director of the libraries in Grantville and Senoia, presented Strickland with a Kindle Fire – and an assortment of other gifts – for his winning entry.
The presentation was made at Heritage Christian with the author’s parents, Ed and Hyunh Strickland, present.
“It was for children ages 9-17,” Vielot said of the essay contest. “We were amazed to have over 100 entries throughout the county.”
She said public school, private school, charter school and homeschool students entered the contest. Vielot told Strickland that Marian Sorensen, “an actress and a renowned storyteller actually read your story” at the Moreland festival.
Winston Skinner, MCAA president, also took part in the presentation.
He praised Strickland’s dark, futuristic story and said Strickland’s essay won first place “because you wrote the best one.”
Destiny Turner of Evans Middle School wrote the second place entry. The third place winner was Ruth Hill Elementary student Miracle Glenn.
Strickland’s essay follows:
“Newnan is not a nice place. It used to be a great town like Enterprise, but after the incident, it became a bleak place of despair.
“I am the child of two SCP Foundation researchers. The SCP Foundation began it all. The Foundation ran the ‘warehouse’ where my parents used to work. They researched on these strange items of importance known as SCPs in a warehouse designated as W-11B.
“Hundreds of D-class personnel were shipped in and out daily. These personnel were prisoners who were given freedom if they aided in the research of SCPs.
“Anyways, it all started in June.
“The containment breach began quickly, but it hit Newnan hard. Sirens blared throughout the entire town. At this point, quarantine protocols had begun to take effect. Though the cause of the breach is still undetermined to this day, the Foundation believes it was a combination of a rogue researcher and SCP-682.
“If I were to describe how dangerous SCP-682 is, there would simply be no words for its ability to destroy. To the Foundation, it was a Keter SCP—a threat to humanity.
“To make matters even worse, W-11B stored dozens of SCPs like SCP-682. The breach itself was devastating. After standard protocol, the Foundation sent in hundreds of agents and D-class personnel. The sirens loomed over the town ominously; there was a tense feeling of dread in the air.
“Around the time of the breach, I was out jogging. When the sirens blared through the air, I blacked out. When I awoke, my surroundings were hazy; columns of smoke rose through the air in the distance. The town was in shambles. I found myself in an alleyway, decrepit and run-down with ancient wear and corrosion.
“So I got up.
“I walked out of the alleyway to find a way out of Newnan. I was on the curb and looked both ways before seeing it. It was SCP-173, a Euclid SCP. SCP-173 was fairly dangerous; if you failed to make eye-contact, it would move closer to you until it snapped your neck. I managed to maintain eye-contact for a minute or two, at which point SCP-682 charged in. As 682 charged, it caught sight of SCP-173. 682 proceeded to stare down 173 in fear of it.
“I took advantage of this stalemate by running away. While running, I encountered several ‘safe’ SCPs. However, I saw SCP-17. I was careful to not cast a shadow onto it; otherwise, I would be engulfed by it. I carefully went around it, and managed to get across the street. After avoidance of a few other dangerous SCPs, I found a team of Foundation agents.
“After securing my safe escape, I learned the fate of Newnan: it had been utterly ‘quarantined’; everything was contained and evacuated. The Foundation then destroyed all traces of Newnan and built a new warehouse. In the end, there were thousands of casualties. I was one of the lucky ones to survive, and I was reunited with my parents.
“To this day, Newnan is still quarantined and the Foundation maintains a heavy presence there; SCPs are still being found and contained. The breach had ended and the world was safe, but at the cost of Newnan.”