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Olivia Noelle Langston and Will Carlan.

Olivia Noelle Langston is the winner of Carlan Law, LLC's second Horror Short Story Competition, the law firm announced this week.

Langston, a student from Cherokee High School, won first place with her "Bleeding Roses, Ticking Hearts" short story. Other top finishers in this competition include Anna Scott Wieler's "Reflection" in second place, Reagan Phillips "The Woods, N(Ever) Silent, in third place, and honorable mention honors for Sophia Zeller's "Horror Story" and Gracie Scroggs "Honor Thy Mother."

“I am so proud of all of the talented student writers who competed this year," Will Carlan said. "There were 37 submissions, many coming from Cherokee High School’s successful creative writing class.”

The annual competition was open to currently enrolled Cherokee High School students, and winners took home a share of $1,000 in prize money. Prize money was $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third. Judges for this year’s competition were all graduates of Cherokee High School and lovers of all things horror, including Cantrece Tanner and Carmen Tanner Slaughter, as well as Cherokee High School creative writing teacher Justin Jones.

“The horror genre is malleable, and students took advantage of traditional tropes, innovative structure, and exciting, terrifying twists in their stories,” Carlan said.

Carlan is an attorney in Canton and serves as the Ward 2 representative on the Canton City Council. Carlan Law LLC invests a portion of every fee collected back into the community for those in need and opportunities for youth development.

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