My name is Jayden Anderson. I am 10 years old and a 5th-grade student at University Elementary School. The short story I entered into the HARK competition was inspired by many different stories. I used the information I learned about the history of Shreveport and my wild imagination to develop “Captain Henry Miller Shreve: Lord of the Sea.”
I have always loved writing and reading. My favorite books include historical, fiction, and action books. My Discoveries teacher, Mrs. Kadkhodai, encouraged me to enter the contest. I am so thankful to have her as my writing teacher. My mom and dad also encouraged me to write this story. They have always pushed me to be the best me I can be. They have always believed in me. I am thankful for my parents.
When I found out that I was named the division winner I was in denial and completely shocked. Soon after, I begin to feel excited and proud of myself. I plan to save my prize money and only spend it when I need to. I would like to thank the HARK Festival for recognizing me and allowing me to express myself through my writing.
As soon as my teacher informed me about the HARK Festival and the categories we could participate in, I immediately knew that my choice would be photography. Since churches are a major part of our parish history, I decided to research and photograph these local treasures. After completing the project, I received numerous compliments from my teacher and my fellow peers.
When my name was called at the festival as the high school division winner, I was completely astonished because I never expected to win. Seeing all of the finished projects from the other students was amazing, and it was something that I will never forget. As far as my winnings, my plan is to save it.
Thanks to the HARK Festival, I was able to learn more about Desoto Parish and I also discovered a hidden love for photography.
North DeSoto High School
I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the HARK Student Competition! Creating an original crochet pattern that incorporated different styles of crocheting while symbolizing Ark-La-Tex was an interesting challenge.
I could not have accomplished this achievement without consulting the archives of the Noel Memorial Library, nor could I have completed it without the immense encouragement and support I received from my amazing friends and family. I am also thankful to Ms. Lorna Camus, who taught me the basics of crocheting.
It is an honor to have been selected as the college division winner of this competition, and I hope to participate next year as well!