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Young Writers Day Honors Aspiring Students

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May 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Young writers from across West Virginia were recognized Friday during the 2015 Young Writers Day at the University of Charleston. The annual West Virginia Young Writers Contest (YWC) encourages teachers and administrators to emphasize the importance of excellent writing skills for students.

"Strong writing skills are a key component to the 'One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving' vision plan for West Virginia," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano. "Our youngest citizens need to be able to express themselves and share their ideas if they are to be college and career ready. This contest encourages writing growth from an early age to better prepare our students for the future."

The following students captured first place on the state level:

  • 1-2 Grade: Isaac McCloy, Taylor County
  • 3-4 Grade: Jaden Poore, Grant County
  • 5-6 Grade: Willa Gibson, Greenbrier County
  • 7-8 Grade: Madeline Warnick, Preston County
  • 9-10 Grade: Antonella Blanco, Monroe County
  • 11-12 Grade: Rachael Kesecker, Morgan County

State winners in the contest received checks of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. First place county winners received commemorative certificates and were treated to workshops with published authors during the event.

Marc Harshman, the poet laureate of West Virginia, delivered the keynote presentation. He also led a writing workshop along with other published authors from the region.

YWC is supported by funds through an allocation in the state budget to Marshall University for use by the Central West Virginia Writing Project (CWVWP). The contest is managed by CWVWP, with the help of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and a steering committee comprised of stakeholders and interested parties who meet regularly to advise on the contest and to plan WV Young Writers Day.

For more information, contact the WVDE Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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