The Eudora Welty Foundation is pleased to announce the talented winners of the Mississippi regional 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards. There are five American Voices Medal nominees, nine Senior Portfolio winners, 21 Gold Key winners, 85 Silver Key winners, and 118 Honorable Mention winners, with several students receiving multiple awards, according to Sally Birdsall, Scholastic program coordinator for the Welty Foundation. Winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on Sunday, April 9 at the Eudora Welty House and Garden. Kiese Laymon, accomplished writer and professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker.
There were 781 entries from 566 students in the categories of Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Personal Essay/Memoir, Novel, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Short Story. A complete list of Scholastic Writing Award winners may be downloaded here.
The American Voices nominees include Advikaa Anand, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School; Amory Campbell, Mississippi School of the Arts; Matthew Dilworth, Murrah High School; Lauren Ladner, Ocean Springs High School; and Camille Seymour, Armstrong Middle School. Their remarkable work was recognized as best in the region and may be downloaded here.
The nine Senior Portfolio winners are Kallye Smith, Gold Key, Simpson County Academy; Madeleine Porter, Silver Key, Jackson Preparatory School; Reagan Poston and Wrishija Roy, Silver Key, and Recebba Chen and Emily Hook, Honorable Mention, Mississippi School for Math and Science; Dawson Johnson, Honorable Mention, Mississippi School of the Arts; Lauren Ladner, Honorable Mention, Ocean Springs High School; and Ava Richardson, Honorable Mention, Northwest Rankin High School.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. The author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays entitled How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications. For more about Laymon visit kieselaymon.com.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. The Eudora Welty Foundation is the state’s affiliate for the writing awards, working in partnership with the Eudora Welty House, a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Mississippi Museum of Art is the affiliate for the Scholastic art awards. Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.
The Scholastic Writing Awards program fulfills the educational missions of the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Eudora Welty House by honoring Welty’s wish that her home be used to inspire the creative endeavors of others, especially young and aspiring writers. Prior to the ceremony, students and their families are invited to a reception and may tour the Welty House and Garden.
The C Spire Foundation is the regional sponsor of the Scholastic Awards program and enables the program to be offered statewide to students in public and independent schools as well as those in homeschool. More information about the C Spire Foundation may be found here.
Open to students in grades 7-12, the Mississippi Regional Scholastic Writing Awards program had winners from the following schools: Armstrong Middle School, Biloxi High School, Cathedral School, Clinton High School, Colmer Middle School, Corinth High School, Desoto Central Middle School, East Rankin Academy, Germantown High School, Hancock High School, Homeschool, Jackson Academy, Jackson Preparatory School, Lamar School, Madison Central High School, Mississippi School for Math & Science, Mississippi School of the Arts, Murrah High School, Northpoint Christian High School, Northwest Rankin High School, Ocean Springs High School, Petal High School, Piney Woods School, Power Academic & Performing Arts Complex, R. H. Long Middle School, Raymond High School, Rosa Scott School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Simpson County Academy, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, St. Martin High School, Tishomingo County High School, Vicksburg Catholic School, Washington School, West Harrison High School, and West Point High School.