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The winners in the 2006 LOWA Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest are listed below. This important youth literacy project is produced and judged each year by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. It is designed to improve communications skills describing outdoor activities by interested youth.

The contest was sponsored again this year by the Baton Rouge ADVOCATE Educational Services Department, the Central Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International.

Each student received a certificate listing their achievement.

Monetary prizes were awarded for First ($150.00), Second ($100.00), and Third ($50.00) in Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (9-13 YOA), and Photography (18 and under YOA). Honorable Mentions received a certificate, but no cash prize.

In addition, the winning entries are published in various publications, on prominent outdoor websites, and in the SCI newsletters.

The prizes and certificates were awarded by representatives of the two Safari Clubs International at the annual LOWA conference awards banquet held Saturday, August 19, 2006 in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

The contest was marketed and promoted by The Advocate Educational Services.

The cash prizes in all categories were donated by the Louisiana Chapter and Central Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International.

Below are the winners of the 2006 Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest:



1st Place–“A Day with My Dad”

Ted Nathanson, 18 YOA

St. Michael the Archangel High School

Baton Rouge


2nd Place–“Communing with Nature”

Ross Aaron Nugent, 17 YOA

McKinley Senior High School

Baton Rouge


3rd Place–“Hiking the Grand Canyon”

Stephanie Myers, 16 YOA

Central High School, Baton Rouge


Honorable Mention–“The Orange Sweatshirt”

Laura Wolff, 14 YOA

Home Schooled

Baton Rouge



1st Place–“The Adventure at Sherburne”

Colton Ray, 11 YOA

French Settlement Elementary

French Settlement, LA.


2nd Place–“The Tourist Map Didn’t Say So”

Amanda Wolff, 12 YOA

Home Schooled

Baton Rouge


3rd Place–“Fishing with the Guys at Bayou Black”

Eric Bell, 11 YOA

Paulina Elementary

Paulina, LA


Honorable Mention–“Two for the Books”

Taylor Cavalier, 13 YOA

Ascension Catholic Middle School

Donaldsonville, LA



1st Place–“Camp Wharfs at Sunset over Water”

Natasha Sorrel, 18 YOA

New Iberia Senior High School

New Iberia


2nd Place–“Child with Muddy Boots at Water’s Edge”

Clarissa Guidry, 13 YOA

St. Peter Chanel School

Lutcher, LA


3rd Place–“Shadows of Winter in a Cypress Swamp”

Kelsey Soileau, 10 YOA

Krotz Springs Elementary

Krotz Springs, LA


Honorable Mention–“Macro Image of a Bumblebee Feeding on a Flower”

Claire Labarbera, 13 YOA

Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet

Baton Rouge


Honorable Mention–“Macro Image of a Lizard on Leaves”

Megan Harrell, 17 YOA

Woodlawn High School

Baton Rouge