The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association (VOWA) is very proud of our 2015-2016 VOWA-BassPro High School Winners who typify both scholarship and love of the outdoors. These outstanding young people, along with the large number of fine students who entered our contest, are the future communicators and stewards for our precious outdoors. We present these winners with their winning essays linked to each title. Enjoy!
BassPro sponsors our High School writing competition by providing generous gift cards of $150, $100, and $50 to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners respectively. Ms Katie Mitchell, BassPro Communications Manager, also sends personal, handwritten congratulatory notes to each winner!
Davida Carnahan, Doug Blankenship and staff members of the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States served as careful, patient, judges lending their expertise to selecting the very best essays. It was a tough job!
Sincere thanks to both these organizations that enable VOWA to make this special competition possible and to honor these outstanding young people.
Congratulations to all who entered, you are all winners to us! Keep enjoying, writing, and caring about the outdoors.
All conference images courtesy of Robert Thomas, Robert Thomas Photography. Thank you Robert!