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Louisiana Book Festival

The awards ceremony for the 2016 LA Writes winners will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 9:00 AM in the meeting room of the State Museum. The State Museum is located at 660 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge. You may park in the parking garage located at 521 3rd St. near the Mississippi River.

For more information, go to Louisiana Book Festival home page.

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2014 LA Writes Winners Announced!

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LA Writes! is proud to announce this year’s winners. Each of these students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the State Museum at 9:00 AM on Nov. 1st, 2014. The ceremony will open the Louisiana Book Festival. Author judges, Ava Leavell Haymon, Genero Ky Ly Smith, and Ann Dobie will present the awards. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will speak. Teachers and families of winners are encouraged to attend.

2014 LA Writes Winners

3rd – 4th nonfiction
1st place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

2nd place
Lillia K George
Home Sch’l(Glorious Ligth Academie), Carencro

5th – 6th nonfiction
1st place
Kysah Khokher
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Megan Hamilton
Home School, Lafayette

7th – 8th nonfiction
1st place
Bryce Moulton
NSU Middle Lab School, Natchitoches

2nd place
Sarah James
Harry Hurst Middle School, Montz

3rd place
Maddie Taliancich
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

9th – 10th nonfiction
1st place
Jack Haslauer
Destrehan High School, Montz

2nd place
Jada Adlay Butler
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Savannah Whitney
Hahnville High School, Luling

11th – 12th nonfiction
1st place
Lauren Heffker
Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville

2nd place
Karleigh Howell
Hahnville High School, Paradis

3rd place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-2 poetry
1st place
Ella Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Adam Long
Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

3rd – 4th poetry
1st place
Lily Wu-Laudun
Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

2nd place
Emily Genest
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

5th – 6th poetry
1st place
Collin Davis
Daspit Road Elementary, New Iberia

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Hrilina Ramrakhiani
Arden Cahill Academy, Gretna

7th – 8th poetry
1st place
Grace Morse
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Aja Becker
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Kaylie Bonin
Youngsville Middle School, Youngsville

9th – 10th poetry
1st place
Madeline Sintes
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Sophie Evans
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

11th – 12th poetry
1st place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Isabella Hundley
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

3rd place
Emma Brock
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

K-2 fiction
1st place
Brennan Boyer
St. Pius Elementary School, Lafayette

2nd place
Keiffer Ary
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd – 4th fiction
1st place
Blaise Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Thaleia Rae-Yun Dufrene
Hammond Eastside Elem Magnet, Hammond

5th – 6th fiction
1st place
Joyce Zhao
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Benjamin Wilkins
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Alphae LeBlanc
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

7th – 8th fiction
1st place
Freda Sciarappa
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Asia Sumlin
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd place
Zachary Arendt
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

9th – 10th fiction
1st place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Taylor Beauchamp
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

3rd place
Collin Miller
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

11th – 12th fiction
1st place
Kyle Fontenot
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

2nd place
Claudette Breaux
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Madeleine LeCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-6 junior division French fiction
1st place
Jody Adeyemo
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Kaitlin Lee
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

3rd place
Valerie Angelle Long
Prairie Elementary, Youngsville

honorable mention
Emily Rose Champeaux
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

K-6 junior division French poetry
1st place
Athena Constantine
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Evan Roy
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

K-6 junior division French nonfiction
1st place
Abigail Coates
Myrtle Place Elementary, Duson

7th-12th senior division French poetry
1st place
Lizzette Toto
Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans

7th-12th senior division French nonfiction
1st place
Margot Frost
Prairieville

Book Festival and Awards Ceremony

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.


Saturday was a beautiful day at the Capitol, a crisp 55 degrees with clear blue skies. Students arrived early in the State Museum along with their parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. Steadily the auditorium filled.
Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Excitement built as Bonny McDonald, Phd. in performance studies, worked with each first place winner. “Breathe deep. Get the feel of the microphone. Look out at your audience.”

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, "Lucky Dime."

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, “Lucky Dime.”

Ann Dobie, nonfiction author judge, had another engagement, so she sent along her regrets with this message:

Congratulations to all the writers who are with us today, and special kudos to our winners. However, taking home a medal is not the end of the process. It is really the beginning because writing is a lifelong activity that helps us solve problems, understand the world around us, and know ourselves better. When we set down how we are feeling, what we are seeing, and what we are thinking, we are making a record of our lives. I hope that the award you are receiving today will be one of many to come.

Julie Kane, 2011-2013 State Poet Laureate and poetry judge, sent these remarks:

So much of what I hear in the news about K-12 education is negative: despair over shortfalls in funding, anxiety over high-stakes testing, and controversies over the best solutions to problems. But when I began reading the packets of poems for this year’s LA Writes competition, I was filled with pride in our young people and hope for the future. From primary school students on up through high schoolers, what skill these young poets displayed in their use of word choice, imagery, simile and metaphor, rhythm, and other advanced features of language! How often they touched the heart, the philosophical mind, or the funnybone with their written words! I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading these poems even more than I would enjoy picking up one of the top professional poetry magazines like Poetry or American Poetry Review. These young poets all had something to say, and they said it beautifully and memorably.

Congratulations not just to the winners, but to everyone who entered. It was difficult to choose among so many fine entries. Perhaps, one day in the future, some of you will return to this book festival to autograph a copy of your first book for me.

Kaylie reads "Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple."

Kaylie reads “Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple.”

After the ceremony, we headed over to the Writing Enrichment Tent to greet more writers throughout the day.

Chacelyn created a bookmark about "Pinkalicious."

Chacelyn created a bookmark about “Pinkalicious.”


Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.


Birthday by Alec

Birthday by Alec