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2012 LOWA Youth Journalism Contest

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored the winners of its 2012 Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) at its 67th annual conference held in Chalmette on Saturday, August 11, 2012. An annual event, the contest focuses on building literacy among outdoor youth while promoting involvement in the outdoors.
Students share personal experiences in hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, hiking, or any other activities where they engage with nature and the environment. Judges look for literate and enthusiastic work along with photography that captures the essence and spirit of Louisiana.
Prize monies are donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Baton Rouge Advocate provides advertising and press releases promoting the contest. First through fourth place winners receive award certificates and cash prizes. The categories are Photography (18 and under), Senior Essay (14-18), and Junior Essay (13 and under).


1st place:

Untitled Fishing Story

Ashley Weaver, Age 15

Lafayette High School, Lafayette, LA


2nd place:

Love of the Outdoors

Ashley Davis, Age 15

Covington High School Covington, LA


3rd place:

Hiking in the Smokies with my Grandpa

Lauren Norwood, Age 14

Central Private School, Greenwell Springs, LA


4th place:

The Dungeness Spit

Omer Wolff

Home School, Baton Rouge, LA





1st place:

The Fishing Game

Emery Stovall, Age 13

Northwest Middle School, Zachary, LA


2nd place:

Untitled Essay About Favorite Outdoor Experience

Louie Ballard, Age 11

Episcopal School, Baton Rouge, LA


3rd place:

My First Deer

Gracie Sinanan, Age 10

St. Theresa School, Prairieville, LA


4th place:

My Canoe Trip

Andrew Hollier, Age 11

Episcopal, Baton Rouge, LA





1st place:

Fontainebleau State Park

Clay Kershaw, Age 12

Parkview Baptist School, Baton Rouge, LA


2nd place:

Purple Passion Flower

Bret Buckel, Age 17

Holy Cross High School, Meraux, LA


3rd place:

Afton Villa St. Francisville

Clay Kershaw, Age 12

Parkview Baptist School, Baton Rouge, LA


4th place:

Caterpillar Feast

Ava Lemoine, Age 7 1/2

St. Aloysisus, Baton Rouge, LA


2012 YJC Award Winning Photos

2012 YJC Award Winners