From when she was a young girl, Ripon High School graduate Liz Stanfield was a storyteller.

   She was content to sit on the living room floor and play with Legos as she told stories for hours.

   She didn’t write her stories down until she was 10, and when Stanfield entered middle school, she became interested in poetry.

   She has written poetry ever since, and now, several years later, she has won first place for her poem “Hand-Me-Downs.”

   Stanfield applied in November for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Young Writer Award.

   Months later, Stanfield received an email in March, astonishing her.

   “To be honest, I kind of forgot about it until I got the email that I had won,” she said. “I was just really surprised to win, really surprised and grateful ... And then I called my mom and I just told her, and I was so excited I couldn’t even speak.”

Read the full story in the July 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Prss.