By: Jennifer Britt
The Parsons Advocate
Tucker County schools held a Young Writers Contest with the students of grades three through eight. The contest is a collaborative effort with the Central West Virginia Writing Project (CWVWP). The winners were announced during the Board of Education meeting and the awards were presented by Tucker County School Superintendent Alicia Lambert. Awards for Math Field Day and Golden Horseshoe winners were also presented.
According to the Young Writers website: Young Writers was established in 1991 in a small warehouse in Eastern England and has grown into a worldwide brand. Today, Young Writers is still a modest family-run business, but on a much bigger scale than its humble beginnings. Young Writers is also a part of the award winning Bonacia family.
“We pride ourselves on encouraging young writers to read, write, and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.”, according to Young Writers web page.
County winners for the Third and Fourth grade students were: First place – Greyson Brown of DTEMS. Second place – Hunter “Jack” Rawlings of DTEMS, and Third place – Gio Maniscarco of DTEMS.
County Winners for the Fifth and Sixth grade students were: First place – Owen Helmick of DTEMS and Third place – Adelaide Gregory of DTEMS.
County winners for the Seventh and Eighth grade students were: First place – Lily Snider of DTEMS, Second place – Madison Helmick of TVEMS, and Third place – Aston Shaffer of DTEMS.
TVEMS Young Writers school winners were: Eighth grade students Sam Marks, Ethan Woodyard, Madison Helmick, Celina Shahan, Jordyn King, Brock Hovatter, Emmalyn Wilfong, Peyton Hicks, Shilah Jones, Kia Keller and Lela Wright. Sixth grade students: Samara Scott, Parker Newman, Rachel Hile, Alaina Owens, Baylee Lewis, Tyler Ricottilli, Ava Wilfong, and Joshua Moore. Fifth grade students: Olivia Tobias and Madison Carr.
DTEMS Young Writers school winners were: Fourth grade students Gio Maniscarco, Greyson Brown and Hunter “Jack” Rawlings. Fifth grade students: Juniper Judy, Emilija Arnold, and Isabelle Rawlings. Sixth grade students: Brody Bennet, Adelaide Gregory, Owen Helmick, and Jade McClurg. Seventh grade students: Ajila Long, Haley Nester, and Ashton Shaffer. Eighth grade students: Isabella Bennett, Isabella Emerson, Gabby Gross, and Lily Snider.
Math Field Day winners were Lynk Suesli from TVEMS and Lela Wright from TVEMS. The Math Field Day is designed to stimulate greater interest in mathematics and recognize students who excel in mathematics.
Golden Horseshoe awards were given to Xander Lamber from TVEMS and Grayson Sypolt from DTEMS. According to the Golden Horseshoe web page: “The Golden Horseshoe Test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest-running program of its kind in any state. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award and are inducted as “knights” and “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe Society.”