By Sarah Plummer
A Raleigh County student at Woodrow Wilson High School has won first place in the West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest, announced Mona Floyd, county English academic coach.
Adelina Lancianese placed first in the 11th- and 12th-grade county level contest and moved on to place first in the state.
MeriBeth Underwood is Lancianese’s teacher.
Floyd said the contest is dear to her heart, not only because she loves writing and reading student’s writing, but because she has former students who are now teaching young award-winning writers.
Other county winners are Alexis Cozart from Fairdale Elementary, first place in grades 1 and 2; Bailey Heffeman from Mabscott Elementary, first place in grades 3 and 4; Bailey Palmer from Beckley-Stratton Middle, first place in grades 5 and 6; Abby Roop from Beckley-Stratton Middle, first place in grades 7 and 8; and Emily Akers from Shady Spring High, first place in grades 9 and 10.
Floyd said most schools in Raleigh County participated in the contest and the winners received gift certificates.
Winners have been invited to Charleston for a Awards Celebration on May 24 at the University of Charleston.
The West Virginia Young Writers Contest was started in 1984 by the West Virginia Department of Education and is managed by Marshall University.