Sam Bryant, a sophomore at Model High, connected with his inner cowboy to pen a poem that took second place honors in the Booth Western Art Museum's 2015 Writing Through Art Literary Competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to develop writing skills by using works of art from the Booth’s collection as inspiration. Bryant's poem, "Here, Where I am Now" won the second place award and a $200 cash prize.
Bryant and the other finalists in the cowboy poetry division had the opportunity to recite their entry during Booth Western Art Museum’s 12th annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The competition was open to students, grades 9 – 12, in Georgia public schools, private schools, and home-schooled. More than 500 students from Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, and Gwinnett counties participated in the competition. Eight finalists were selected in each of the four divisions with cash prizes awarded to the first three places.
“We were so excited to see the competition continue to grow this year and the quality of the pieces submitted was excellent,” said Booth Museum Director of Education Lisa Wheeler. “Choosing finalists, and ultimately 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, was extremely difficult for the judges. Each student and their respective teacher are to be commended for participating.”
The original contest, inspired and developed by the late Doc Stovall, focused solely on Cowboy Poetry. This unique genre originated from the cattle drives of the late 1800s. In 2005, the contest became a feature of the Museum’s annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, with winners reciting their poems before an audience in the tradition of cowboys on the cattle trails. Currently, the expanded writing contest includes short stories, essays, narrative poetry, as well as cowboy poetry.
Winners of the Writing Through Art Literary Competition from Floyd County Schools and their respective categories are as follows:
Model High School
Sam Bryant, 2nd Place – Cowboy Poetry
Luis Carroll, Finalist – Cowboy Poetry
Natalie Davis, Finalist – Cowboy Poetry
Hunter Hays, Finalist – Cowboy Poetry
Luke Smith, Honorable Mention – Short Story