West Virginia Young Writers Contest Winners

West Virginia Young Writers Contest Winners
Posted on 02/28/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Jefferson County Schools has announced the winners for the 2019 Young Writers Contest. Students at each school participated and six were selected to represent Jefferson County at the state competition in Charleston. 
Students were able to select any topic and in any prose genre: fiction, nonfiction, narrative, memoir, or essay. This year’s winners are North Jefferson Elementary School 2nd Grader Shay Oben (Trapped in a Net),   North Jefferson Elementary School 4th grader Kylie Cline (Pappy's Reflection), Shepherdstown Elementary School 5th Grader Aven Thorn (The Smartest Cat in the World), Wildwood Middle School 8th Grader Shane Martin (Faded Memories), Washington High School 10th Grader Conner Herfurth (The Animator), and Jefferson High School 11th Grader Chelsea Wells (5,840 Days). Wells and Cline wrote winning essays last year as well. The winners will be recognized by the Jefferson County Board of Education in March and their families will be invited to attend the Young Writers Day celebration at the University of Charleston on May 10, 2019.  
The Central West Virginia Writing Project (CWVWP) at Marshall University will judge entries based on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Coordinator of Federal Programs and School Improvement for Jefferson County Schools, Lee Ebersole says the students have done an amazing job and received incredible support.
“We want to acknowledge the contributions of our teachers and school leaders who generously supported our students during the competition.  We would also like to express our appreciation to our school-based coordinators and county-level judges for their considerable efforts on behalf of our young writers.”
Please take time to read and enjoy our young writers’ winning entries posted on the Jefferson County Schools Website.  For more information about the West Virginia Young Writers contest, please visit http://www.marshall.edu/cwvwp/young-writers/contest/

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