The WKU English Department held an awards ceremony announcing the finalists and winners of the fifth annual high school writing competition on Saturday, March 26. About 80 guests gathered at Cherry Hall to honor high school students for their outstanding writing in composition, literature, and creative writing and to recognize their English teachers.
The head of the department, Dr. Alison Langdon, started the event by welcoming the guests and describing the importance of the competition. “Our goal with this competition is to celebrate the wonderful work that teachers and students of English are doing in our region and to encourage students to major or minor in English,” said Dr. Langdon.
Dr Langdon then invited English student Zeita Beaver to speak, saying: “She is a great example of a student who has made the most of the opportunities in the programme. Beaver shared how his major and minor improved his writing skills.
Dr. Langdon gave special thanks to all the teachers present. The winners and runners-up were then announced, with 22 finalists attending in person and five via Zoom. Winners will receive scholarships if they choose to major or major in English at WKU and still receive cash prizes.
WKU English teacher Trish Jaggers read her poem titled ‘When I try to say I’m sorry for those who suffer’, which is published in Kentucky Monthly magazine. The literary essay prompt asked students to analyze this poem and consider how it compares to current events. Dr. Ted Hovet announced the winners of the literary essays, which were: Elizabeth Bowles in 1st place, Emma McGuffey in 2nd place and David Naing in 3rd place, all from Warren East High School.
The composition essay winners, announced by Dr. Mark McAndrews, were Mia Gonzalez of Greenwood High School in 1st place, Kathryn Arnold of Station Camp High School in 2nd place, and Aleia Harper of Barren County High School in 3rd place. square.
The creative writing winners, announced by Dr. Dale Rigby, were Emma Christian of Bowling Green High School in 1st place, Sara Parkerson of Greenwood High School in 2nd place, and Zoie Roberts of Franklin-Simpson High School in 3rd place. square.
Creative writing winner Emma Christian wrote a short story about a school lunch lady’s experience during an apocalypse. She hopes to participate in more teen writing competitions and projects in the future and plans to major in voice and English with a contraction in creative writing at WKU.