West Virginia Honors Budding Writers

May 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of student authors were honored May 11 as part of the 29th Annual Young Writers Celebration, a statewide competition that recognizes and encourages writing excellence in all grades.

“Writing is one of the most important skills for academic and professional success,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “As we prepare students for the 21st century, clear communication through writing is more important than ever for future success.”

The annual event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Writing Project, which is part of the effort to improve writing in America. With three sites in West Virginia, Central West Virginia Writing Project (Central WVWP), Marshall University Writing Project, and the National Writing Project at West Virginia University, the Writing Project builds the leadership, programs and research needed for teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners.

The contest is funded through an allocation in the state budget to West Virginia’s National Writing Project sites and supported by the WVDE, Marshall University Graduate College of Education and Professional Development, the University of Charleston and the Charleston Daily Mail. The contest encourages classroom writing and honors first through 12th grade writers in every West Virginia county.

In addition, the Barbara W. Walters Memorial College Scholarship was awarded to Amanda Entinger from Mountain View Christian, Fayette County

The celebration included talks by Marple and University of Charleston President Ed Welch. Workshops also were offered by West Virginia authors Colleen Anderson, Anna Smucker, Cheryl Ware and Elizabeth Campbell. Ron Sowell, songwriter and music director of West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, performed as well.

As many as 800 students, teachers and family members attend Young Writers Day at the University of Charleston each year from all over the state of West Virginia.

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


2012 WV Young Writers Contest Winners

Grade 1-2
1st Nate Smith Madison Elementary, Boone County
2nd Kiah Napier Wayne Elementary, Wayne County
3rd Andrew Adkins Clay Elementary, Clay County
Grade 3-4
1st Rebecca Whetzel East Hardy Early Middle, Hardy County
2nd Jessica Fleming Madison Elementary, Boone County
3rd Julianna A. Brown Berlin McKinney Elementary, Wyoming County
Grade 5-6
1st Jessica Taylor Clay County Middle, Clay County
2nd Abbey Delk Triadelphia Middle, Ohio County
3rd Alli Suter Paden City Elementary, Wetzel County
Grade 7-8
1st Sarah Rowe Buffalo Middle, Wayne County
2nd Paige Conrad Shepherdstown Middle, Jefferson County
3rd Grace Ward John Adams Middle, Kanawha County
Grade 9-10
1st Emily Hough University High, Monangalia County
2nd Madalynn Payne East Hardy High, Hardy County
3rd Heather Green Doddridge County High, Doddridge County
Grade 11-12
1st Brittany Strother Lewis County High, Lewis County
2nd Catlin Wilson James Monroe High, Monroe County
3rd Rebekah Honce Bridgeport High, Harrison County


Barbara W. Walters Memorial College Scholarship 2012 Senior Winner: Amanda Entinger, Mountain View Christian, Fayette County


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