It’s rare you have the chance to hear the author of a story read to you. However, parents and educators who gathered in the Moundsville Middle School cafeteria Monday evening had the chance to hear the voices of award-winning young writers who attend a school in Marshall County.

Students who placed in the annual county contest read their original stories to the audience during the county’s Young Writers Tea. Every story is printed in the 2018 Marshall County Young Writers Anthology.

Entries varied on topics but each submission was composed during the current school year, during school hours and supervised by a teacher.  Compositions were judged based on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.

All students who placed first in the county are invited to attend Young Writers Day at Marshall University on Friday, May 11, 2018.

The Young Writer’s contest has been held in Marshall County since 1984.

Students who read their stories during the Young Writers Tea are pictured from left. Front row: Kaylee White, Bella Cuffaro, Lauren DiCreasce, Heidi Williams and Amelia Kaste. Back row: Victoria Finley, Skylar Strope, Paige Wallace, Mykaela McLamar, Lily Reuschel and Taylor Koontz.

Here is a complete list of the 2018 Marshall County Young Writers Contest Winners.