The motto of the Bayou Writers Group is To Educate, Encourage, and Inspire. This month’s meeting very much highlighted that.
We were excited to have the winners of our 2017 Young Writers Contest join us. It was great to meet them and a treat to have them read their work for us. I for one was challenged to go home and write. It’s always encouraging to hear what others are writing, but especially so when it’s our kids doing it—and a little humbling. The Lake Area has some great writing talent in its middle and high schools.
In the picture below, from left to right we have David Chang, 2017 BWG president, Jayton Fruge, Sulphur High School; Ashlynn Elliott, Lacassine High School; Ariba Awan, Episcopal Day School; Ahsan Awan, Episcopal Day School; Elizabeth Savant, Kinder Middle School; Beth Savoie, Contest Coordinator (that’s me).
Every year the contest is so hard to judge because we get so many amazing entries. We appreciate all the public libraries and schools that encourage the kids to enter. Teachers, librarians, principals—so many people educate these kids. A special thanks goes out to the parents and families who cheer the kids on.
The ones who deserve the most kudos, though, are the kids themselves. It takes courage that most adults don’t have to submit our work for judgement. The contest had forty-four entries from fourteen schools and five parishes in prose and poetry categories. Forty-four that stepped up to the challenge. Just doing that makes all these writers winners.
This contest is a yearly event. Be on the lookout in the next few months for information about the 2018 Young Writers Contest.