Congratulations to our overall winners featured below.
Jayden Anderson – Elementary Division Category: Writing Prize: $500
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.
Kenzie Leach – High School Division Category: Visual Arts Prize: $500
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.
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!