CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Six students will represent Jefferson County Schools during the 2022 Young Writers Day later this Spring. The qualifiers won the Jefferson County Schools Young Writers Contest this year.

The qualifying students are:

  • Scarlett Sanchez, 2nd grade, Ranson Elementary School, for "Salem"
  • Coraline Ballenger, 3rd grade, Driswood Elementary School, for "My Dream School"
  • Shay Oben, 5th grade, North Jefferson Elementary School, for "The Journey"
  • Evelyn Bailey, 7th grade, Shepherdstown Middle School, for "Plant Boy"
  • Margaret Protzman, 9th grade, Jefferson High School, for "Drowned"
  • Emily Protzman, 12th grade, Washington High School, for "Guilt by Association"

             The state-level contest was established in 1984 to celebrate student writing in West Virginia. Leaders from the Central West Virginia Writing Project (CWVWP) at Marshall University will judge entries on the following criteria: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.

Each of the six JCS winners will receive commemorative certificates and participate in workshops with published authors/presenters on WV Young Writers Day. State winners in each of the six contest categories will receive checks of $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.