BOE celebrates Young Writers Contest winners

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Front Row: MacKenzie Bailey (4th grade, Greenbrier Episcopal School (left); Charley DePriest (2nd grade, Frankford Elementary); and Josie Jones (Kindergarten, Lewisburg Baptist Academy); Back Row: Kelsy Robbins (12th grade, Greenbrier West High School (left); Isiah Johnson (10th grade, Greenbrier West High School); Sallie Wittkamper (8th grade, Greenbrier Episcopal School); and Alyssa Snyder (6th grade, Western Greenbrier Middle School.
Front Row: MacKenzie Bailey (4th grade, Greenbrier Episcopal School (left); Charley DePriest (2nd grade, Frankford Elementary); and Josie Jones (Kindergarten, Lewisburg Baptist Academy); Back Row: Kelsy Robbins (12th grade, Greenbrier West High School (left); Isiah Johnson (10th grade, Greenbrier West High School); Sallie Wittkamper (8th grade, Greenbrier Episcopal School); and Alyssa Snyder (6th grade, Western Greenbrier Middle School.

On Mar. 8, the Greenbrier County Board of Education congratulated the first place winners of the Greenbrier County Young Writers Contest.

Entries were submitted by 116 students from 12 public and private schools within the county. The number of entries allowed from each school was based on school enrollment. The essays of participating students in categories by Kindergarten (county level only – no state category for K); Grade 1-2; Grade 3-4; Grade 5-6; Grade 7-8; Grade 9-10 and Grade 11-12 were scored by a team of judges.

Lynne Bostic, director of elementary and middle school education and Young Writers Contest coordinator for Greenbrier County Schools, introduced each of the students and shared an overview of their winning stories with board members and meeting attendees. She encouraged the students to continue to write and develop their gift for storytelling.

The winners (except for kindergarten) will attend Young Writers Day at the University of Charleston on May 13. During the event, the state-level Young Writers awards will be announced. Each of the Greenbrier County winners in level 1-12 will receive certificates and be treated to workshops with published authors.

For over 30 years, the West Virginia Young Writers Contest has celebrated the best student writing in the state. The Young Writers Contest grows out of a deep commitment to writing throughout the school year in all subjects, research that support information and argument writing, and publishing, displaying, and celebrating student writing.