Spotlight – Shane O'Shea

Boy holding plaquePlymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Junior Shane O'Shea's love of the outdoors and passion for writing came together in the short story, Winter Hunt. The work tells the tale of a deer hunt and won first place in the 2018 Youth Writing Contest for Pennsylvania Outdoor News.

"I've loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember. From hiking, biking, fishing, archery and kayaking, the outdoors have been a core piece of my life," said Shane. "I like writing, because it allows me to have a creative and emotional outlet while having complete control over the plot."

Shane says the idea for Winter Hunt came into his mind in "one of those moments that was spontaneous." The reader is given the illusion that the deer hunters in the story are human, only to find out that the characters are part of a pack of wolves.

Outdoor News, Inc. publishes fishing and hunting newspapers in seven states and partnered with the Cabela's corporation to offer the contest. Out of more than 1,000 entries, Shane won first place in the senior division for students in grades 9-12. The paper prints the four best stories and two of the best poems and enters those six pieces in the national Outdoor Writers Association of America writing contest whose winners will be announced this coming summer.

At PWHS, Shane is a Distinguished Honor Roll student and enjoys performing in the marching band, jazz band and drumline.