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2018-2019 Essay Contest

Announcement for 2019-20 Essay Contests Coming Soon

The WKU English Department sponsors annual writing contests in literature, composition, and creative writing for Kentucky high school students. The English Department invites finalists, their teachers, and family to campus for a reception and ceremony each year where they are recognized. The winners receive scholarships if they choose to major or minor in English at WKU and cash prizes whether or not they attend WKU. First Place: $500 Scholarship and $200 cash; Second Place: $300 Scholarship and $100 cash; Third Place: $200 Scholarship and $50 cash. The winners' schools will receive $50 contributions to their PTA funds. Applications for the 2020 Essay Contest will become available during the 2019 fall semester.

Link to the press release for the 2018-2019 Essay Contest: https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=article&articleid=7333



finalists photo

 Finalists, Left to Right: (front row) Carson Wheatley (Hancock Co.), Shelby Beaty (Warren Central), Dorian Blankenship (Allen Co.), Ella Burch (Allen Co.), Allison Byrn (Allen Co.), Madelyn Curry (Hancock Co.), Giovanni Del Valle (Allen Co.), Samuel Del Valle (Allen Co.), Emily Gueda (Allen Co.), Felicia Hawkins (Allen Co.), (back row) Rachel Taylor (Logan Co.), Brinley Swift (Allen Co.), Damon Stone (Allen Co.), Cody Smith (Barren Co.), Collin Preston (Simposon Co.), Hemali Patel (Bowling Green), Thang Mun (Warren Central), Erica McGrew (Warren Central), Erin Mathews (Simpson Co.), and Karley Keen (Allen Co.)


literary analysis winner

 Literary Analysis Winners, Left to Right: Samuel Del Valle ( 2nd Place, Allen Co. High School), Giovanni Del Valle ( 1st Place, Allen Co. High School), Allison Byrn (3rd Place, Allen Co. High School)


creative writing winners

 Creative Writing Winners, Left to Right: Damon Stone ( 2nd Place, Allen Co. High School), Shelby Beaty (3rd Place, Warren Central High School), Collin Preston (1st Place, Simpson Co. High School)


composition winners

 Composition Winners, Left to Right: Rachel Taylor (2nd Place, Logan Co. High School), Madelyn Curry (Hancock Co. High School), NOT PICTURED: Katherine Poole (Third Place, Hancock Co. High School)






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