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Citadel News Service
Office of Public AffairsFOR RELEASE
April 13, 2000


Eighth Graders Win Spring Writing Contest

          Fifteen Lowcountry 8th graders, along with their parents and teachers, gathered at The Citadel on April 11 to recognize and celebrate outstanding student writing. The students were winners in the Lowcountry Writing Projects Spring Writing Contest, a competition designed both to reward students for their writing and to help students and teachers alike prepare for the PACT exam later this month.

Spring Writing Contest Winners          Amanda Hale of DuBose Middle School won the $100 first prize for "First Flight," a description of her first airplane ride. In addition to the cash prize, Hale and her teacher, Lisa Rudd, each won a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck pen, valued at $265, for their work.

          Julie Cabezas of Moultrie Middle School won $50 for "As Easy as 123," an explanation of how to study for a test. Ben Bloch of James Island Middle School won $25 for "Tornado," the story of a day when a school tornado drill proved to be more than just a drill. Other students won door prizes of books, food, movies, clothes and music, all donated by local merchants.

          Guest speaker Elsa McDowell, columnist for The Post & Courier, explained to students the power of the written word, telling stories of how writing had changed peoples lives. She congratulated them on their achievements and urged them to continue to develop their writing skills.

          The Lowcountry Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is sponsored by The Citadel and by Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Two school districts. With the goal of improving student learning by improving the teaching and use of writing in the classroom, the project hosts a variety of professional development activities for teachers throughout the year, as well as opportunities for students such as the Spring Writing Contest.

Contest Winners
Justin Baker (Cario Middle School)
Ben Bloch (James Island Middle School)
Leslie Buechele (Cario Middle School)
Paul Burt (Marrington Middle School)
Julie Cabezas (Moultrie Middle School)
Brian Fludd (Jane Edwards Middle School)
Travis Goodwin (Septima Clark Corporate Academy)
Amanda Hale (DuBose Middle School)
Jeff Hollis (James Island Middle School)
Nick Holzworth (Laing Middle School)
Lakeisha Jenkins (Moultrie Middle School)
Lance Loeffler (DuBose Middle School)
Kelsey Miller (Laing Middle School)
Jennifer Rest (Moultrie Middle School)
David Stepp (DuBose Middle School)

For more information, visit the LWP web site:
http://faculty.citadel.edu/thompson/LWP/index.htm

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