Lexington Woman's Club Announces Writing Winners

WINNERS in the Lexington Woman's Club annual Writing Contest included (first row) Olive Baker, (second row) Raylen Campbell, Aislynn Overstreet, Frankie Kovac, Jayda Lucas, Emmalee Grim, Langley Sullivan, (third row) Caitlyn Carrington, Corianna Allen, Lyla DuPaix, Emma Maxingo, Emil Hierman, (fourth row) Tristyn Tolley, Reilly Kendrick, Alexander Miller, Autumn Fridley, Matthew Heim, (fifth row) Gail Evans, Nicole Kidin, James Baker, Catelyn Cason, Addison Suter, and Penelope Peach.

WINNERS in the Lexington Woman’s Club annual Writing Contest included (first row) Olive Baker, (second row) Raylen Campbell, Aislynn Overstreet, Frankie Kovac, Jayda Lucas, Emmalee Grim, Langley Sullivan, (third row) Caitlyn Carrington, Corianna Allen, Lyla DuPaix, Emma Maxingo, Emil Hierman, (fourth row) Tristyn Tolley, Reilly Kendrick, Alexander Miller, Autumn Fridley, Matthew Heim, (fifth row) Gail Evans, Nicole Kidin, James Baker, Catelyn Cason, Addison Suter, and Penelope Peach.

The Lexington Woman’s Club, a GFWC member, recently presented awards to winners of the 2020 Writing Contest at a ceremony in Brady Chapel at Lexington Presbyterian Church.

All first-place winners in this local contest advance to the Shenandoah District competition. District first-place winners will advance to the state competition. Last year, the LWC was privileged to have two student from this area recognized as national winners.

Mary Dugan, coordinator of this year’s writing contest, said, “What a creative group of writers we have among the students of Rockbridge County!”

She continued, “Writing is the key to good communication no matter what other interests or skills a person has.”

Participating schools included Central Elementary, Natural Bridge Elementary, Waddell Elementary, Rockbridge Christian Academy, Lylburn Downing Middle School, Maury River Middle School, Rockbridge County High School, and home schools. This year’s contest featured more than 190 entries in grades K-12.

At the awards ceremony, Dugan thanked administrators, teachers, parents and friends who encouraged students to explore their writing talents by entering the competition. Student winners were recognized with certificates for first, second, and third place, as well as honorable mention.

Contest winners were as follows:

In grades K-2 for poetry: Aislynn Overstreet, first; for short story: Olivia Barker, first; Raylen Campbell, second.

In grades 3-5 for poetry: Langley “Poppy” Sullivan, first; Emil Hierman, second; for short story: Geneva Snyder, first; Lyla DuPaix, second; Jayda Lucas, third; Frankie Kovac, Emmalee Grimm, Emma Mazingo, and Wyatt Conner, honorable mention.

In grades 6-8, winners for poetry included Geneva Snyder, first; Lyla DuPaix, second; Jayda Lucas, third; Frankie Kovac, Emmalee Grimm, Emma Mazingo, and Wyatt Conner, honorable mention. For short story, winners were Caitlin Carrington, first; James Baker, second; Gail Evans, third; and Schuyler Coleman, honorable mention.

For grades 9-12, winners for poetry were Matthew Heim, first; Autumn Fridley, second; Katelyn Cason, third; and short story winners were Reilly Kendrick, first; Addison Suter, second; Penelope Peach, third.

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