Franklin student wins award

From staff reports

A Franklin High School student is one of this year’s winners of a creative arts contest conducted by the student editors of ABSENCE, an annual review of literary and visual art produced by the students, staff, faculty and alumni of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus.

Student editors conduct a creative arts contest for all high school students interested in attending Greater Allegheny, awarding as much as $5,000 of scholarship money to as many as five winners.

One of this year’s winners is Dallas Starcher from Franklin High School. Past winners have gone on to become members of the editorial staff.

The student editorial staff of 15 undergraduates is led by second-year editor-in-chief, Loren Baseler, a 2016 Franklin High School graduate, a sophomore English and French double-major who is pursuing a career in academic publishing.

This year, Penn State Greater Allegheny Press is publishing their 20th issue of ABSENCE, in which readers can find poems, short stories, photography, essays, criticism, creative non-fiction, graphic and digital design, painting and drawing.

ABSENCE is published in the last week of April of each year and is available for the first time in paper at the annual Celebration of the Arts held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center on Greater Allegheny’s campus.