Student Writer Spotlight:
Marriah Ferguson, senior at Carencro High School, placed 1st place GOLD in the Louisiana Scholastic Writing Competition. Her piece of writing, titled "Only the Strong, Only the Loyal", is automatically sent to the NATIONAL level. The winners of the national competition will be announced later this semester.
NWP-A and gear up book coming soon!
Epiphanies Everywhere: A Chronicling from the Hallways of Lafayette Parish GEAR UP
From June 15-24, 2021 publishing project facilitators worked with teachers and 2020 and 2021 graduates from Lafayette Parish’s four GEAR UP Schools -- Acadiana High, Carencro High, Lafayette High, and Northside High. As part of the project, participants engaged in creative writing exercises and interviewed various individuals who have been involved with LPSS GEAR UP since 2015. The final product is the Epiphanies Everywhere book filled with creative takes based on these inspiring stories. Stay tuned for more information!
This book is a product of blurred boundaries and diverse perceptions. It is a testament to the power of school and community partnerships to provide young people with an outlet to make their voices heard. The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Parish School System provided funds to support students through this student-led publishing project.
If you are interested in reading the written work of local students, refer to our Showcased Writing folder to read the anthologies of the Festival of Words Winners of recent years and to listen to students' readings of their work during the IBP and FOW sponsored Virtual Open Mic Nights and Summer Writing Camps!