Release Date: 05/15/2007

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) has announced the winners of its annual Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest.

Each year, LOWA sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy and the wise use of our outdoor resources.  The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about any outdoor subject such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.

The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger.  This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

There were 72 entries in Senior Essay (14-18 years of age), 95 entries in Junior Essay (13 and under), and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography (18 and under).

The winners of the 2007 contest will be honored at the annual LOWA conference in Shreveport, La. on Aug. 18, 2007.  Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:  1st Place-$150.00 and a certificate, 2nd Place-$100.00 and a certificate, 3rd Place-$50.00 and a certificate, Honorable Mention-certificate.

The winners will learn their ranking in each category at the awards ceremony.  Any student who cannot attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

The winners (in no ranking order) are as follows:


Elliot Boudreaux, 15, Episcopal HS, Baton Rouge
Caitlyn Norris, 17, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport
Jake Hayden, 16, Dunham School, Baton Rouge
David Henderson, 17, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport


Luke Leblanc, 10, Holy Family School, Addis
Maria LaGrone, 10, Home Schooled, Livonia
Amanda Wolf, 13, Home Schooled, Baton Rouge (Winner-2006)
Michael Carrigee, 13, Folsom

PHOTOGRAPHY (Judges selected two Honorable Mentions):

Brittany Alane Barbary, 10, Bains Elementary, St. Francisville
Michael Gronowski, 17, St. Amant High School, St. Amant
Gaia Burrage, 12, Boyet Jr. High, Slidell
Robert Gallant, 17, Airline High School, Bossier City
Amy Weaver, 14, Metairie   (Winner-2004, 2005)

Gordon Hutchinson, Youth Journalism Contest chairman said:  "This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners.  The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography.  We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year.  You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them."

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-0765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.