Middle School Poetry & Essay Contest winners
The Learning Center! Charter School hosted The Cherokee County Middle School Poetry and Essay Contest Winner Recognition Ceremony on June 4th. This was the school’s second year for hosting this county-wide contest sponsored by Paul Donovan and The Cherokee Scout in conjunction with the North Carolina Writers’ Network WEST. Glenda Beall, a representative from the organization also attended. The ceremony fell at the end of a 2 day celebration of arts and academics at the school.
The guest speaker at the event, which took place in the The Learning Center’s dining commons, was former student, Harrison Keely, who is now a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He was also a reporter with Sentinel Newspapers, right here in Cherokee County. He was introduced by former teacher Gail Arnold who talked about what he was like as a child who overcame a disability. His passion for writing drew him to the field of journalism. His work has been published in The Washington Times, Business Week online, United Press International and McClatchy-Tribune news services in addition to appearing on PBS.
Students were awarded trophies and each was asked to either read or talk about their work to the audience. The evening was organized by parent and art teacher, Dana Bolyard. “We were able to make it a special evening for the winners through The Jackie Ward Foundation for the Academics and the Arts.” Said Bolyard. “We’d like to thank community members who contributed to our foundation. It went a long way to make it possible to reward these kids for their writing efforts.” Bolyard also coordinated many of the events during the 2 days of “Arts & Academics” which included visiting artists in the visual, written and musical arts.
Winners are pictured above.