Concord College-West Virginia Words Winners Announced

For Immediate Release: 
May 08 2001

Concord College-West Virginia Words Winners Announced

Athens, W.Va. - Six mountain state teenagers garnered statewide recognition by submitting winning entries to the 2000 Concord College-West Virginia Words Junior Writers Contest. The students were recognized during Concord College’s Sixth Annual Louise McNeill-Pease memorial lecture on Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. The contest, now in its fourth year, was started by Concord President Dr. Jerry Beasley and West Virginia Words publisher-editor Dr. David H. Corcoran Sr., to encourage young people in general and high school juniors in particular to perfect their writing, thinking and communication skills. High school students submitted essays and poetry entries that were judged by Dr. Delilah Conley, associate professor of English; Jean Beasley, volunteer and Dr. David H. Corcoran Sr.

The following winners were announced at the lecture. All first place winners received a savings bond for $100 and a first place certificate of achievement.

First Place Poetry – Jenna Jeffery, Smithers, To All

Jenna Jeffery also received a $500 scholarship to Concord College in recognition of her efforts.

First Place Short Story (non-fiction) - Krissy McGraw, Smithers, A Winter Adventure

As the English teacher of two first place winners, Ms. Elizabeth Taylor of Valley High School (Smithers, Fayette County) received a check for $100 and a certificate of commendation.

First Place Short Story (fiction) – Karri Roberts, Craigsville, Alice in the Year 2000

Roberts’ nomination teacher, Mrs. Susan Johnson of Richwood High School received a $50 check and certificate of commendation.

All second place winners were recognized and received a certificate of achievement.

Second Place Poetry - Kristen Pinkston, Charleston, The Mountain State

Second Place Short Story (non-fiction) - Megan Mallory, Buckhannon, The Year 2000, West Virginia

Honorable Mention Short Story (fiction) – Jessica Bunner, East Fairmont, Icy Conditions

In addition to their recognition and monetary awards, the winners will be showcased in the spring issue of West Virginia Words. David H. Corcoran Sr. congratulated the winners and encouraged them to go on to college and continue their literary studies.

He stated, “This Concord-West Virginia Words partnership gives me a lot of personal pleasure and satisfaction because just like Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl Buck, every young writer needs a break to get started, published, and recognized. We give those lively, dedicated, and sincere youths that chance. It’s a good feeling.”


Concord College Notes: Jessica Taylor, a student in Concord College’s English Department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Glen White, W.Va. She is majoring in English Education/ Writing with a minor in journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2003.