2023 Young Writers State Winners

2023 Young Writers State Winners

The Snowy Wish

Hadleigh Wright
Petersburg Elementary School, Grant County
1st Place, Grades 1-2

Down By the Creek

Brimlee Preston
Wayne Elementary School, Wayne County
Second Place, Grades 1-2

Lilly’s Octopus Adventure

Genesis Rudd
Meadows Elementary School, Cabell County
Third Place, Grades 1-2

My Dog, My Best Friend

Daylen Stuteville
Lavalette Elementary, Wayne County
First Place, Grades 3-4

When I Grow Up

Kinley Grimmett
Huff Consolidated Elementary and Middle School, Wyoming County
Second Place, Grades 3-4

The Seasons

Emma Goodrich
Kingwood Elementary, Preston County
Third Place, Grades 3-4

The Picnic

Macie White
Jefferson Virtual Academy/Shepherdstown Middle School, Jefferson County
First Place, Grades 5-6


Carson Cooper
Ravenswood Middle School, Jackson County
Second Place, Grades 5-6

Under the Immortal Peach Tree

Peilin Yu
Triadelphia Middle School, Ohio County
Third Place, Grades 5-6

Funerals Never Made Me Cry

Hazel Iafrate
South Middle School, Monongalia County
First Place, Grades 7-8

The Girl Without a Home

Abigail Plohocky
Greenbrier valley Academy, Greenbrier County
Second Place Grades 7-8


Keiona Jackson
Mannington Middle School, Marion County
Third Place Grades 7-8


Olivia Hayman
Ripley High School, Jackson County
First Place, Grades 9-10

Poor Little Teddy

Hailey Hirsch
Hampshire High School, Hampshire County
Second Place, Grades 9-10

The Small Sad Desk

Daisy Pullins
Point Pleasant Jr./Sr. High School, Mason County
Third Place, Grades 9-10

Goodbye, Blackbird

Taryn Veltri
Preston High School, Preston County
First Place, Grades 11-12

Barn Rats

Alissa Davis
Spring Valley High School, Wayne County
Second Place, Grades 11-12

An Uninvited Guest

Amelia Hughes
Bridgeport High School, Harrison County
Third Place, Grades 11-12