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AEC Recognizes Winners of the 14th Annual Young Southern Student Writers Contest
On Tuesday, April 17, the families and teachers of 500 Chattanooga area students from over 50 schools will gather at the Tivoli Theatre for the Arts & Education Council’s 14th Annual Young Southern Student Writers awards ceremony, a celebration honoring the literary achievements of local K-12 students.
More than 5,000 students submitted entries in prose and poetry to be evaluated by members of the UT-Chattanooga English Department. Judges based their selections on creativity, content, and style. Winners will receive a medal during the awards ceremony, and will have their winning entries published in an online digital anthology by the Chattanooga Pulse.
Local authors Susan Gregg Gilmore and Alison Lebovitz will speak about the importance of reading and writing during the K-5 ceremony at 6 PM and the 6-12th grade ceremony at 7:30 PM.
“The AEC's Young Southern Student Writers program works with teachers to encourage students in the literary arts, in addition to helping inspire students to read and write,” explains AEC Executive Director Susan Robinson. “The program continues to play an integral part in the AEC's purpose of providing innovative, artistic experiences for the enrichment of the community.”
The program has grown exponentially since it started in 1999 as an outreach program of the AEC Conference on Southern Literature. Over 5,000 students from the greater Chattanooga area entered the 2012 contest, up from 500 entries in 1999.
“Being recognized and rewarded for their hard work allows students to see themselves as a real author,” says Dr. Joe Wilferth, Young Southern Student Writers chairperson and Head of the UTC English Department. “It is our hope that this encouragement inspires the students to pursue becoming even better writers.”
The 2012 Young Southern Students Writers awards ceremony is part of the 1st annual HATCH Arts Festival. Learn more at http://www.hatchchatt.org.
Entries for the 2013 contest are due in December. For more information about the Young Southern Student Writers or other education enrichment opportunities, visit the AEC website (http://www.artsedcouncil.org) or call 423-267-1218.
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