WV Writers announces student competition
West Virginia Writers is accepting submissions for its annual New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest for students in grades 1-12. Submissions will be accepted through March 15, with a late deadline of March 31.
The contest is free to enter and offers $575 in prizes in three age groups: grades 1-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Students must be residents of West Virginia.
Students in any age group may choose from six suggested topics: "The Weekend I was a _____ Star," "Words I'll Never Forget," "Wishes Gone Bad," "The Mothman's Brother," "The Perfect Sibling" and "I'm Proud of _____ Because." Alternately, they may create their own original story or poem.
Winners will be announced June 14 in an awards ceremony during West Virginia Writers Annual Writers Conference held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates.
West Virginia State students win McNair scholarships
West Virginia State University has awarded three undergraduate students the prestigious McNair Scholarship for the 2014 academic year.
The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students from WVSU, Bluefield State College and Concord University for the graduate school application process and experience. It includes a faculty-supervised research project, seminars, workshops and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national and regional meetings, as well as visiting prospective graduate programs.
Winners were Erica Bickham, a junior studying biology; Vasillios Dianellos, a senior studying biology, and Shayla Owens, a senior studying English.
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.