Clay Kershaw, Kenny Odinet III and Story Moller were big winners in the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s 2013 Youth Journalism Contest celebrated Aug. 10 during LOWA’s annual awards banquet in Lafayette.
Kershaw, a 13-year-old Catholic High-Baton Rouge student, earned first and second places in the Photography Division for his images of alligators in a south Louisiana swamp and a snowy egret perched on a cypress stump.
Odinet, a home-school with his three siblings in Lafayette, took first in Junior Essay (ages 7-13) for this story entitled “Trout on Soft Plastics,” in which he described his first speckled trout catch on an artificial lure.
Moller, 17, attends Cedar Creek School near his Ruston home and took first and third places in Senior Essay (ages 14-18). His winning entry, “Frosty Morning,” documented his first-ever flooded-tree duck hunt, while his third-place story entitled “Gift of a King” recounted memorable family elk hunts in Montana.
Ava Lemoine, an 8-year-old St. Aloysius Elementary student from Baton Rouge, placed this in photography with an image of the Louisiana at sunset. Kershaw’s younger brother, Alex, 11, attends Parkview Baptist School, placed fourth in Photography for his shot of a lizard on the hunt.
The D’Arensbourg sisters, 13-year-old Kyla and 10-year-old Janae placed second and third, respectively, in Junior Essay. They recounted summer trips to the Louisiana coast, Kyla’s “Fishing on the Pier” and Janae’s “Crabbing on Grand Isle” brought awards to their home in Zachary. Kyla attends Zachary High. Janae is a Copper Mill Elementary student.
Frances Purgerson, a 9-year-old Our Lady of Mercy student, was fourth in Junior Essay for her story about how close she became to a family of chimney swifts living in her backyard.
Averi Young, 16 and a student at West Feliciana High, placed second in Senior Essay for her story, “A Sleepless Night; A Memorable Morning,” about her first-ever squirrel hunt with a dog.
There was a tie for Senior Essay’s fourth place. It was shared by 14-year-old Jesuit High student Jacob DeRamus from River Ridge and recent Baton Rouge High grad Jade Spears, 18. DeRamus recounted this year’s Mardi Gras Day when he and a fishing buddy went bass fishing in New Orleans’ City Park and witness the catch of a park-record largemouth in “Catch Me Something, Mister!”.
Spears’ entry, “The Eagle,” told of her several years trips to Old River in Pointe Coupee Parish on fishing trips with her father and her deepening relationship with a family of bald eagles living along that oxbow.
To view the winning photos and read the winning essays, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lowa-outdoor-journalism-contest  .
The Louisiana chapter of Safari Club International sponsors the Youth Journalism Contest. For more information on the contest, contact Joe Macaluso at 225-388-0293 or firstname.lastname@example.org  .