L.O.W.A. ANNOUNCES WINNING ENTRIES FOR THE 2007 YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) announced and honored the
winners of the 2007 Youth Journalism Contest at their annual LOWA conference in
Shreveport Aug. 18, 2007.
LOWA sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy and
encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources. The contest is designed to
interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as
hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or any activity in the outdoor spectrum.
The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger. This year
248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from
There were 72 entries in Senior Essay (14-18 years of age (YOA), 95 entries
in Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and 172 entries from 81 students in
Photography (18 YOA and under).
Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place-$150 and a
certificate; 2nd Place-$100 and a certificate; 3rd Place-$50 and a certificate;
and Honorable Mention (4th Place)-certificate only.
The winners learned their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony. Any
student who was unable to attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate
by mail after the event.
The results of the contest are as follows:
SENIOR ESSAY (14-18 YOA)
1st Place David Henderson-17 YOA “Philmont, New Mexico” C.E. Byrd High
School Shreveport, La.
2nd Place Jake Hayden-16 YOA “One Glass of Nature, Please” The Dunham
School Baton Rouge, La.
3rd Place Caitlin Norris-17 YOA “My Favorite Place” C.E. Byrd High School
Honorable Mention Elliott Boudreaux-15 YOA “My Redfish Spot” Episcopal
High School Baton Rouge, La.
PHOTO WINNERS (18 YOA and Under)
1st Place Brittany Alane Barbay-10 YOA “Acadian Home in Black and White”
Bains Elementary St. Francisville, La.
2nd Place Michael Gronowski-17 YOA “The Shoreline” St. Amant High School
St. Amant, La.
3rd Place Gaia Burrage-12 YOA “Trees Shrouded in Fog” Boyet Jr. High
Honorable Mention Robert Gallant-17 YOA “Sunset Lake” Airline High School
Bossier City, La.
Honorable Mention Amy Weaver-14 YOA “Black Labrador” Monteleone Junior
High School Metairie, La.
JUNIOR ESSAY WINNERS (13 YOA and Under)
1st Place Amanda Wolff-13 YOA (Repeat winner in 2006) “The Hunt” Home
Schooled Baton Rouge, La.
2nd Place Michael Carrigee-13 YOA “Hunting the Dark Continent” Home
School Folsom, La.
3rd Place Maria LaGrone-10 YOA “The Day I Will Never Forget” Home
Schooled Livonia, La.
Honorable Mention Luke LeBlanc-10 YOA “My First Deer” Holy Family School
Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA Youth Journalism Contest chairman said, “This was
our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time
choosing the winners. The quality of submissions was high, and showed real
skills and creativity in writing and photography. We congratulate all the
winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year. You are all winners in
our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and
learning to communicate your appreciation of them.”