Thirty-four students representing eleven high schools gathered in the Old Archives Chamber in the State Capitol on March 21, 2012, to receive their honors in the 18th annual Alabama High School Literary Awards and Scholarship Competition. This year, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, sponsor of the competition, presented a total of ninety-four awards to students at twenty-five high schools. The schools also received certificates of merit.
Prior to the ceremony, state legislators took a break from committee meetings to congratulate their young constituents. Senate Majority Leader J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-District 16, Jefferson, Shelby), Sen. Paul Bussman (R-District 4, Cullman, Lawrence, Winston), Sen. Cam Ward (R-District 14, Bibb, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby), Sen. Phil Williams (R-District 10, Cherokee, Etowah), and Rep. Greg Burdine (D-District 1, Lauderdale) posed for photographs with students and teachers from their districts.
Below are photographs from the awards ceremony. Click the thumbnail to learn more. (Photos by Robin Cooper)