Waynesville students win in Wolfe writing competition
This spring the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site put on its annual “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. The contest requires local students to interview an elder and then craft a fictional narrative based on that elder’s experiences. One of Thomas Wolfe’s most famous short stories, Chickamauga, was inspired by an interview with his great uncle and Civil War Veteran, John Baird Westall.
Two young authors from Waynesville were chosen as winners in this year’s competition ― sisters Natalie and Sarah Swaim. Natalie received first place in the middle school age category for her paper “A Delicious Treat!” based on an interview conducted with her grand mother, Jessie Swaim. Sarah placed third in the middle school age group for her essay “A Christmas from Long Ago,” based on the memories of her great aunt, Anna Lee Jarvis.
Both of the girls were honored at an awards ceremony April 27 at the Wolfe Memorial in Asheville and both received a cash prize.