CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Jefferson County School middle schooler has taken top honors in the state Young Writers Contest.

The awards were announced May 5th during Young Writers Day in Charleston.

Macie White, a sixth-grader in Jefferson Virtual Academy, took top honors at the state level for grades 5 and 6 for her entry, The Picnic.

White was among six Jefferson County Schools students who placed first at the county level, earning the opportunity to be honored during West Virginia Young Writers Day on May 5 in Charleston. Warren LaBreque, Lilah Namolik, Lyndsey Hough, Gretchen Brose, and Abigail Wellings had their work submitted for the state-wide competition. Four of them attended the event at the University of Charleston, which featured author and Mountain State native Homer Hickam as the keynote speaker.

An announcement from the school system noted, “The contest promotes writing in schools by recognizing each county’s best writers in the 1st through 12th grades. Participants submitted a work of fiction, nonfiction, a narrative, a memoir, or an essay on any topic they chose. ”

You can read the full press release here: