Students in Deborah Unger’s gifted English classes at Hahnville High who placed first, second and third in the Louisiana Writes contest were awarded medals and prizes at the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27.
During the ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum, Unger’s first-place-winning students read excerpts from their winning entries. Claudette Breaux, who won first place in ninth and tenth grade poetry category, read her poem "Biology." Katherine Hymel, who won first place in eleventh and twelfth grade fiction category, read from her short story "Cry of the Components." Kathryn Prendergast, who won first place in eleventh and twelfth grade non-fiction category, read from her non-fiction piece "Catch Your Breath." Mrs. Unger’s additional winners were Kathryn Prendergast, second place in eleventh and twelfth grade fiction category; Daniel Levy, second and third place in ninth and tenth grade poetry category for poems "Snow Fall" and "Toledo’s Hills," and Caitlin Mikesell, third place in ninth and tenth grade non-fiction category for "Creepy Crawling Creatures."
|Pictured left to right: Deborah Unger, Katherine Hymel, Kathryn Prendergast and Claudette Breaux.|