By Student Reporter: Priyanka Phaniraj
Germantown, Tennessee--April 6, 2021--The University of Memphis has hosted the WordSmith Competition for over 35 years, gathering almost 200 students (both middle and high school) from around 30 area schools. This competition challenges students to utilize their creative writing and thinking skills to participate in events called “dashes.”
The 40-word dash involves students illustrating an object with descriptive words without actually saying what the object is.
The 100-word dash involves students writing a story using information from a collection of pictures.
The 120-word dash involves students writing a letter to an editor from a recent news headline, indicating their position on a specific topic.
After the first three dashes have been conducted, student winners of each event are announced and will move onto compete in the 400-word dash where they will write about specific ideas provided by the WordSmith Organizers under 60 minutes.
The first three events are judged by faculty members of the English Department including Mr.Middlekauff, Houston High School’s 9th grade Honors English teacher. The main event, 400-word dash is then judged by faculty members of University of Memphis’ Department of English.
This year, the theme was “Goodnight, Zoom.”
Winners are listed below:
Kate Wiggins – 9th grade – First Place in the 120-word dash
Victoria Pastor – 10th grade - First place in the 120-word dash, Second place in the 80-word dash, Second place in the 400-word Main Event, Silver medalist
Adele Ferguson – 11th grade – Third place in the 80-word dash
William Roys – 12th grade – Third place in the 120-word dash, Second place in the 80-word dash, Honorable mention in the 400-word Main Event, Bronze medalist
Houston High School won the Third Place School Trophy for the twelfth grade.