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Wordsmith is an annual writing competition hosted by the University of Memphis English Department. It brings approximately 200 middle and high school students from over 30 Memphis-area schools together to compete in various-length writing dashes.
“Each event tests contestants in descriptive, figurative, narrative, expository, and/or persuasive writing,” explained faculty sponsor Jannica Gregory.
The Westminster seventh graders had a particularly strong showing, receiving the overall first place school trophy. JeJe Warner was honored in every single category, and took the Gold Medal for the grade, and Isabelle Saunders took first place in the 80-word dash.
Congrats to all of the participants in this year’s event!
The awards given to all grades were as follows:
7th Grade:
First Place School Trophy

JeJe Warner
Gold Medalist – 7th Grade Overall
1st Place – 120 word dash
1st Place – 400 word main event
2nd Place – 40 word dash
Honorable Mention – 80 word dash

Isabelle Saunders
1st Place – 80 word dash

8th Grade:
Audrey Alberson
Honorable Mention – 80 word dash

9th Grade:
Third Place School Trophy

Molly Wallace
1st Place – 120 word dash

Lainey Turner
2nd place – 120 word dash
Honorable Mention – 40 word dash
Honorable Mention – 400 word main even

10th Grade:
Kendall Smith
Bronze Medalist – 10th Grade Overall
3rd Place – 120 word dash
3rd place – 400 word main event

11th Grade:
Sarah Gentry
Bronze Medalist – 11th Grade Overall
1st Place – 80 word dash
Honorable Mention – 40 word dash

“Thanks so much for all your hard work and for sharing your talents!” said Mrs. Gregory. Congratulations again to all of our 2019 Wordsmith contestants!

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