Young Writers Share Stories in Marshall County Contest

Based on personal experiences or born of pure imagination, the winners of the Marshall County Young Writers contest put their writing chops on display by reading their original short stories recently at John Marshall High School.

More than 190 students from schools in Marshall County submitted their stories for this year’s contest. Students could submit writings on any topic in six categories based on grade, as long as they were composed during school hours under the supervision of a teacher.

The entries of the county’s first place winners – Abigail Riggle of Sand Hill Elementary, Charli Garrison of Central Elementary, Amanda McGovern of Our Lady of Peace, Ezri Haynes of Sherrard Middle, and Jared Neehouse and Hollie Allen, both of Cameron High School – were submitted to Marshall University earlier this month to compete at the state level.

Held in Marshall County since 1984, the contest is managed by the Central West Virginia Writing Project, which is housed at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus with the help of the West Virginia Department of Education.

“The students and teachers really did a fantastic job this year,” said Mary Kay Wensyel, coordinator of Marshall County Young Writers contest. “It all goes back to the teacher and if they are enthusiastic and emphasize writing in the classroom.”

The West Virginia Young Writers Day will be held May 9 at the University of Charleston. Winners at the state level will be announced in April.