Youth Nature Writing Contest Results
Youth Nature Writing Contest Results
This year's volunteer literary judge was award-winning journalist Cassandra Profita who writes and produces for Ecotrope, an Oregon Public Broadcasting blog about regional environmental stories. Ms. Profita said she enjoyed reading through this year's essays and wrote comments for the top five finishers.
Every year one group of essays rises to the top due to the guidance of an adult who teaches students the art of crafting a compelling story. This year the spotlight goes to Neah-Kah-Nie High School teacher Marisa Real who took her students on hikes, taught them about sensory detail, and encouraged them to revise their work into poetic prose. Six out of the top ten, including the winner, were from Neah-Kah-Nie High School. One can make a difference.
The top winners won the following prizes:
The 2012 Lewis and Clark National Historical Park-Youth Nature Writing Contest was sponsored by the National Park Service and the Lewis & Clark National Park Association.
First Place: "The Forest"
Gabrielle Hendrickson has always had a special love for nature and animals. Raised in Hillsboro, Oregon and currently living in Wheeler, Oregon she now attends Neah-Kah-Nie High School as a freshman. Gabrielle has grown up around animals, from dogs to cats and horses, and has a dog of her own named Delila. The woods she based her piece "The Forest" on were very much real, and she spent much time in them as a child. These woods also had a hand in her love for fiction books she avidly reads almost daily.
Excerpt from: "The Forest"
Second Place: "The Creek"
I come from a small northwestern town, nestled in the hills of the Willamette valley, called Hillsboro. Over the course of 15 years, my interests and hobbies have spread over a diverse field, which, in my opinion, has allowed me the chance to learn and create in a variety of mediums. My interests vary from Biology to Chinese weaving. I love nature, the flora and fauna that make up our world. I love logic, the puzzles of numbers that seem to be placed at random places, but eventually make up a pattern all on its own. Writing, especially poetry, is a serious passion; a category where, among other awards, I have won Silver medal at the 2012 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and placed second at the 2011 National Manningham Poetry Contest. I continue my interest in writing as a staff reporter for my school newspaper. I also enjoy playing the piano and running track in the spring.
Excerpt from: "The Creek"
Third Place: "Nature's Beauty"
Dana Moore is a sophomore living on the Oregon Coast with her mom, older brother, and two dogs, Baxter and Lily. Currently, Dana is Sophomore Class President, Track Manager, the Leo's Club Historian, and a basketball, volleyball, band, and National Honor Society member. Nature played a huge part in her childhood and she has always cherished the outside world, while writing has been a long-time passion that continues to shape every day of her life.
Fourth Place: "Tales from the Trail"
I'm a junior at Cleveland High School in Portland. I have valued spending time hiking in Oregon's forests and natural areas for my whole life and have also long enjoyed writing about my experiences. Being outdoors is my way of relaxing, rejuvenating, and having fun. I enjoy a variety of outside activities. I'm an avid birder, a hobby I've enjoyed since age seven, and I also like backpacking, skiing, running, and simply going for walks and seeing what I can see in the woods. This contest was a great way to express my love of nature and to share it with others.
Fifth Place: "Secret Silence"
I'm Rebecca and I was born in Prineville, Oregon. I have moved back and forth between the coast and Prineville several times in my short 15 years of life. Now I have been living on the coast for a total of four years. The inspiration for my story came from the D3 ranch in Prineville that was started by Douglas D. Dent, and brought to beauty through the hard work of him and my Grandpa Bob Holliday. My main interests are running, writing, and singing. I also enjoy the times I get to go back to my hometown and see my Grandparents who live there.
Excerpt from: "Secret Silence"
Sixth Place: "Chains"
Seventh Place: "Revival"
Eight Place: "Whispers of Nature"
Ninth Place: "Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain"
Tenth Place: "The Hike"
Did You Know?
Thirty three people camped at Fort Clatsop; the 2 captains, 3 sergeants, 23 privates, Clark's slave York, 2 interpreters: George Droulliard and Toussaint Charbonneau, Charbonneau's wife: Sacagawea, and their baby son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Lewis' Newfoundland dog, Seaman, was here, too.