Samantha Sheppard, a Staples High School sophomore, was awarded the seventh-place prize in the prose category of a statewide writing competition.

She was among 12 prose finalists in the Connecticut Young Writers' Trust competition, the trust said in a news release. The trust is a nonprofit whose mission is to honor, support and educate young writers in the state, according to its website.

Sheppard, along with 11 other prose finalists and 10 poetry finalists, will be honored at a June 8 ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, according to the release.