CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
April 29, 2005 – Twenty-seven of the best young writers from among 38 schools in Southeast Missouri and the St. Louis metropolitan area were honored April 9 at the 24th annual awards ceremony for the Southeast Missouri Writing Achievement Awards program held at Southeast Missouri State University.
The program was started in 1982 by the University’s Department of English. The Department of English sponsors the annual program to encourage students in grades four-12 in their writing.
This year’s program included a presentation entitled “What Kind of Jobs Can a Creative Writer Get?” by Dr. Susan Swartwout, associate professor in the Department of English and a published writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
The winning entries, selected from more than 200 entries that were judged by a team of Southeast Missouri State University English professors, represent some of the best young writers in the state. At the ceremony, first place awards and two honorable-mention awards were presented to writers of fiction, essays and poetry in three grade ranges: grades four through six, seven through nine, and 10-12. The winning entries were published in booklet form and presented to the winners and their schools. Each first place winner was also awarded a special T-shirt and a certificate of achievement.
Writing Achievement Awards
BALLWIN Angelo GaoParkway West High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 Poetry
Bridgette ChandlerKelly ElementaryHonorable Mention, 4-6 Fiction BLOOMFIELD Rebecca BryeansBloomfield R-14Honorable Mention, 4-6 Fiction CAPE GIRARDEAU
Cameron FangerSt. Vincent DePaul Honorable Mention, 7-9 Essay Ava AnderssonSt. Vincent DePaulHonorable Mention, 7-9 Poetry Logan HainesNotre Dame High SchoolFirst Place, 10-12 Fiction Robin PhelpsNotre Dame High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 Fiction
Emma RileyGlenridge ElementaryFirst Place, 4-6 Essay Caroline BleekeClayton High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 Poetry Emily ErblichGlenridge ElementaryFirst Place, 4-6 Fiction IRONTON Brittney CrawfordArcadia Valley High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 EssayJACKSON Scott PfeifferJackson High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 Essay
John BohnsackLeopold R-III SchoolHonorable Mention, 4-6 Essay Ben SeilerLeopold R-III SchoolHonorable Mention, 4-6 Essay Marissa VanGennipLeopold R-III SchoolFirst Place, 7-9 Essay Caleb WolpersLeopold R-III SchoolHonorable Mention, 7-9 Essay Rachel CraderLeopold R-III SchoolFirst Place, 10-12 Essay Gregg JonesLeopold R-III SchoolHonorable Mention, 4-6 Poetry Lisa SmithLeopold R-III SchoolHonorable Mention, 7-9 Fiction
Jordan DevenportClearwater R-I Middle SchoolFirst Place, 7-9 Poetry
Mallory TuckerSt. Vincent Elementary Honorable Mention, 4-6 Poetry Alexandra OwensPerryville High SchoolHonorable Mention, 7-9 Fiction
Deandra HughesPoplar Bluff Junior HighHonorable Mention, 7-9 Poetry
Dana SchuermannPoplar Bluff Junior HighFirst Place, 7-9 Fiction SIKESTON Rivers FowlerSikeston High SchoolHonorable Mention, 10-12 Fiction
Lena SamfordSouth Pemiscot R-VFirst Place, 4-6 Poetry WASHINGTON Amy SerbusSt. Francis Borgia Regional High SchoolFirst Place, 10-12 Poetry