On March 18, 2015, students from thirteen state-wide schools assembled with their parents, teachers, and legislators in “The Tunnel,” a subterranean structure that connects the Alabama State House with the Capitol, for a photo session in advance of the 21st annual Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition Awards Ceremony.
After pictures, handshakes, and conversations with friends and colleagues old and new, the students and their guests moved across South Union Street to the Alabama Department of Archives and History Auditorium to receive recognition in fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Six seniors were awarded portfolio scholarships. The ceremony also presented awards to ten literary magazines. Teachers, also, were recognized for their work with the winning students. Click for a complete list of winners.
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Sen. Majority Leader J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner with ASFA students, staff
Senate Majority Leader J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-District 16, Jefferson, Shelby) welcomes Alabama School of Fine Arts Executive Director Dr. Michael Meeks (left), students, teacher Kwoya Fagin Maples, and AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson (right) to his office in the Alabama State House after the HSLAA ceremony.
Rep. Matt Fridy wih Samuel Reece.
Rep. Matt Fridy (R-District 73, Shelby) congratulates Montevallo High School student Samuel Reece, recipient of a Fiction Judge’s Special Recognition.
Sen. Roger Smitherman with ASFA students, staff
Sen. Roger Smitherman (D-District 18, Jefferson) (right) congratulates Alabama School of Fine Arts students, their teacher Kwoya Fagin Maples (left) and ASFA Executive Director Dr. Michael Meeks
Sen. Slade Blackwell with Briarwood Christian School
Sen. Slade Blackwell (R-District 15, Talladega, Shelby, Jefferson) (center) congratulates students from Briarwood Christian School and their teacher, Jon Carter (left)
Sen. Clyde Chambers with Hannah Edwards
Sen. Clyde Chambers (R-District 30, Tallapoosa, Chilton, Autauga, Coosa, Elmore) congratulates Prattville High School student Hannah Edwards, recipient of a Creative Nonfiction Certificate of Merit.