DE Teen Writes Way To National Contest Title - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

DE Teen Writes Way To National Contest Title

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DOVER, Del. - A national contest, hoping to get teens interested in reading, awards young people all over the country with big bucks.

One Dover girl really impressed the judges.

Meet Nicole Pinera. She's 13 and she loves reading.

A lot.

Pinera says she reads anything in the fantasy category like Harry Potter and Divergent.

The teen's true passion though is writing. She's written two novels, both for competitions. Now, she penned an additional chapter for The Healer, for her entry into "The Healers Trilogy Contest", a competition from author Donna Labermeier. Contestants picked interests ranging from music to acting.

Pinera chose writing the "next chapter" in the book.

"If we ever reach a state of pure light, that would mean the Healers completed their mission and led all the people to goodness," read a portion of Pinera's story.

Labermeier donated cash to be split between the winner and his or her local library. First place nets $5,000.

47 ABC interviewed Pinera Wednesday morning before revealing she won the competition. Her reaction said it all: shocked and speechless.

"The fact that she went for the contest at all is a brave step and it literally and figuratively paid off," said her mother, Dr. Judy Bailey.

"It was such a good, little story and it just kind of made us feel good they we're in the right direction with getting the teenagers to find what they're passionate about," said Kerri Hollyday, Dover Public Library assistant.

Pinera says she's putting her portion of the winnings, $2,500 towards her college fund.  Dover Library is working on adding a couple of programs.

Another Delaware teen, 19-year-old Mackenzie Reed made the finalist list for her effort.

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