A Wenonah Elementary School fifth grader placed first in two levels of a student writing contest through the Waynesboro/Augusta Woman's Club.
Jashaun Morris, 10, won first place for grades 3 to 5 in the Shenandoah District, then also first place in the General Federation of Women’s Club State Writing Contest.
Jashaun and his mother moved to Greene County at the end of the academic year.
“I’m just extremely proud of him,” said mother Jamie Morris. “He does very well in school. He has a good imagination.”
Jashaun said he likes scary movies, so he wanted to write a scary story. In “Night, Night,” his teacher is possessed.
He said he did not expect to win, but he feels good about winning the contest at both levels.
Wenonah Elementary School Principal Tonya Carter said she is "so proud" of Jashaun. Carter was at the May 14 regular meeting of the Waynesboro School Board to acknowledge Jashaun's accomplishment.
In the short term, Carter said that Jashaun's winning the contest "celebrates his creativity through written expression."
"In the long term, I hope that this recognition will serve as the impetus that inspires Jashaun to grow and gain sophistication as a writer," said Carter. "The excitement in receiving this honor should ignite a passion to explore, cultivate and articulate his thoughts using his imagination and the art of language."