[caption id="attachment_11952" align="alignleft" width="400"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/03\/Armstrong.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/03\/Armstrong.jpg" alt="Bradley Armstrong" width="400" height="559" class="size-full wp-image-11952" \/><\/a> Bradley Armstrong[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nFor the 2016 OIEP Young Writers Contest, students were given a difficult task for a writing prompt. They had to select a character from To Kill a Mockingbird and write the story from that character\u2019s perspective.\r\n\r\nPocahontas County High School senior Bradley Armstrong not only took on the task, he won first place in the 11th-12th division of the contest.\r\n\r\nAfter reading the book and watching the film, Armstrong knew exactly whose perspective he wanted to write in the first person.\r\n\r\n\u201cI chose Boo Radley,\u201d he said. \u201cI wrote him as a humble caretaker. He watched over those kids as if they needed someone to watch over them.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoo Radley was a recluse with a terrible past \u2013\u00a0a recluse who tried to reach out to the Finch children.\r\n\r\nTaking a well-known character from an award winning book and adding more dimension is difficult for a seasoned writer. Armstrong said he took great care in his story and was pleased to win an award for his efforts.\r\n\r\n\u201cI really put a lot of time into it and took my time trying to perfect it,\u201d he said. \u201cI didn\u2019t feel like I was going to win, but I knew I was up there close to the top.\u201d\r\n\r\nArmstrong said he plans to attend college, but hasn\u2019t selected a major as yet.