2013 LOWA Youth Journalism Contest

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored the winners of its 2013 Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) at its 68th annual conference held in Lafayette on Saturday, August 10, 2013. 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).

Contest Chairman, Joe Macaluso, announced the following winners.

 

SENIOR ESSAY DIVISION WINNERS

FIRST PLACE

Frosty Morning

Story Moller, Age 17

Cedar Creek High School

Ruston, LA

 

SECOND PLACE

The Special Morning

Averi Young, Age 16

West Feliciana High School

St. Francisville, LA

 

THIRD PLACE

Gift of a King

Story Moller, 17 years old

Cedar Creek High School

Ruston, LA

 

FOURTH PLACE (tie)

The Eagle

Jade Spears, Age 18

Baton Rouge High School

Baton Rouge, LA

 

FOURTH PLACE (tie)

Catch Me Something, Mister!

Jacob DeRamus, Age 14

Jesuit High School

River Ridge, LA

 

JUNIOR ESSAY DIVISION WINNERS

 

FIRST PLACE

Trout on Soft Plastics

Kenny Odinet, Age 13

Home Schooled

Lafayette, LA

 

SECOND PLACE

Fishing on the Pier

Kyla D’Arensbourg, Age 13

Zachary High School

Zachary, LA

 

THIRD PLACE

Crabbing on Grand Isle

Janae D’Arensbourg, Age 10

Coppermill Elementary School

Zachary, LA

 

FOURTH PLACE

Chimney Swifts Appear to be my Neighbor

Frances Purgerson, Age 9

Our Lady of Mercy School

Baton Rouge, LA

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS

 

FIRST PLACE

Alligators on the Prowl

Clay Kershaw, Age 13

Catholic High School

Baton Rouge, LA

 

SECOND PLACE

Egret Looking for a Next Meal

Clay Kershaw, Age 13

Catholic High School

Baton Rouge, LA

 

THIRD PLACE

Sunset on the Marsh

Ava Lemoine, Age 8

St. Alyosius

Baton Rouge, LA

 

FOURTH PLACE

Lizard on the Prowl

Alex Kershaw, 11 years

Parkview Baptist School

Baton Rouge, LA

2013 YJC Winning Photos

 

2013 YJC Winners