2015-2016 High School Winner’s Showase

2015-2016 BassPro High School
Winners Showcase

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!

First Place VOWA-Bass Pro Winner!

High School Winners

Madison Whitman
A Lesson in Persistence from a Wild Turkey
Home Schooled, Grade 11
Fredericksburg, VA

Second Place VOWA-Bass Pro Winner!

Carolyn Olmsted
Nandua High School, Grade 12
Onley, VA

Third Place VOWA-Bass Pro Winner!

High School Winners

Caroline Armstrong
December Dreaming
Deep Run High School, Grade 12
Glen Allen, VA

Awards Ceremony

Prizes were presented to the winners during our 2016 VOWA Annual Meeting/Conference held March 12, 2016 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Staunton VA.

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!