Release Date: 05/09/2006

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) has announced the winners of its annual Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest.
Designed to stimulate an interest in writing and photography about outdoor pursuits, the contest offers students the chance to exhibit their creative skills, win cash prizes, and see their winning works published in various media across the state, including the LOWA Web site at, the Baton Rouge Advocate on its Educational Services "Lagniappe" youth news pages,,, the Safari Club International newsletter, and various other media across the state.
Gordon Hutchinson, chairman of the Youth Journalism Committee said, "This was the best contest we have had to date.  There were 31 Senior Essay entrants, 191 Junior Essay entrants, and 140 Photography entrants who entered 165 photos for consideration.  All totaled, there were 362 entrants and 387 entries from all over the southern part of the state.  Our judges came from the Houma, Lafayette, and Mandeville areas, and all were professional outdoor communicators and educators.  All commented on the exceptional quality of the entries, and how hard that made their decisions.  And all volunteered to help with the contest again next year.   It was a truly outstanding contest, and we were excited at the response and participation of the kids!"
Hutchinson pointed out one interesting fact about the contest:  "This year for the first time, we had siblings place in two different categories.  Laura Wolff (14-years old) from Baton Rouge, won Honorable Mention in the Senior Essay division.  Her younger sister, Amanda Wolff (12-years old) was selected by an entirely different set of judges to win Second Place in the Junior Essay division.  We congratulate both of these exceptional students."
The winners in each category were as follows:
SENIOR ESSAY - 14-18 years of age: 

1st Place: Ted Nathanson, 18, St. Michael the Archangel High School, Baton Rouge
"A Day with My Dad"
2nd Place: Ross Aaron Nugent, 17, McKinley Senior High School, Baton Rouge
"Communing with Nature"
3rd Place: Stephanie Myers, 16, Central High School, Baton Rouge
"Hiking the Grand Canyon"
Honorable Mention: Laura Wolff, 14, Home Schooled, Baton Rouge
"The Orange Sweatshirt"

JUNIOR ESSAY - 13-years old and under:
1st Place: Colton Ray, 11, French Settlement Elementary, French Settlement
"The Adventure at Sherburne"
2nd Place: Amanda Wolff, 12, Home Schooled, Baton Rouge
"The Tourist Map Didn't Say So"
3rd Place: Eric Bell, 11, Paulina Elementary, Paulina
"Fishing with the Guys at Bayou Black"
Honorable Mention: Taylor Cavalier, 13, Ascension Catholic Middle School, Donaldsonville
"Two for the Books"

PHOTOGRAPHY - 18-years old under
1st Place: Natasha Sorrel, 18, New Iberia Senior High School, New Iberia
"Camp Wharfs at Sunset over Water"
2nd Place: Clarissa Guidry, 13, St. Peter Chanel School, Lutcher
"Child with Muddy Boots at Water's Edge"
3rd Place: Kelsey Soileau, 10, Krotz Springs Elementary, Krotz Springs
"Shadows of Winter in a Cypress Swamp"
Honorable Mention: Claire Labarbera, 13, Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet, Baton Rouge
"Macro Image of a Bumblebee Feeding on a Flower"
Honorable Mention: Megan Harrell, 17, Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge
"Macro Image of a Lizard on Leaves"

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