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Out of more than 400 entries, Bartow County had 19 students selected as finalists

 CARTERSVILLE, GA – Booth Western Art Museum is proud to announce winners of the 2015-2016 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 Museum Permanent Collection as inspiration.

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.

“It is exciting,” says Tom Shinall, Booth Museum Director of Marketing. “The competition continues to grow and we are seeing some of the best quality pieces ever submitted. The Booth is a true resource to our surrounding communities and this competition provides an outreach opportunity for teachers to get their students involved. Using pieces from the Permanent Collection as inspiration, these students must really refine their thought process and writing skills in order to develop a story,” says Shinall.

The competition was open to students, grades 9 – 12, in Georgia public and private schools, as well as students, grades 9 – 12, who are home-schooled. More than 400 students from Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Gordon, and Oconee counties participated in the competition. Eight finalists were selected in each of the four divisions with cash prizes awarded to the first three places and teachers of finalists, while honorable mention certificates were awarded to the remaining finalists. Each finalist in the cowboy poetry division had the opportunity to recite his/her entry during Booth Western Art Museum’s 12th annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Here, the first place winner was presented the Doc Stovall Cowboy Poetry Award.

Winners of the Writing Through Art Literary Competition from Bartow County Schools and their respective categories are as follows:

Adairsville High School

Taylor Cannon, 3rd Place – Cowboy Poetry

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Sean Burke, Honorable Mention – Cowboy Poetry

Thomas Bagley, Honorable Mention – Cowboy Poetry

Vincent Mastrarringo, Honorable Mention – Cowboy Poetry

Carissa McCall, 2nd Place – Essay

Carrie Anne Vickery, 3rd Place – Essay

Lelah Cochran, 2nd Place – Short Story

Brandy Wise, Honorable Mention – Short Story

Drake Arp, Honorable Mention – Short Story

Bailey Wilson, Honorable Mention – Short Story

Christian Gass, Honorable Mention – Short Story

Noah Waits, 1st Place – Narrative Poetry

Cori Ray, 2nd Place – Narrative Poetry

Emily Wilkey, Honorable Mention – Narrative Poetry

Kassidy Brown, Honorable Mention – Narrative Poetry


Bartow County College and Career Academy

Leah Hill, 3rd Place – Short Story

Alexia Chappell, 3rd Place – Narrative Poetry

Jessica Jordan, Honorable Mention – Cowboy Poetry

Carley Colson, Honorable Mention – Cowboy Poetry


About Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to See America’s Story by exploring the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about Booth Western Art Museum, visit


Photo credits: ©Booth Museum

AHS_WTALC.jpg: (L-R) Front row: Holli Leach of Adairsville High, Christian Gass, Carissa McCall,

Kassidy Brown, Carrie Anne Vickery, Cori Ray, and Bailey Wilson. Back row: Stacie McNeal of Adairsville High, Taylor Cannon, Vincent Mastrarringo, Drake Arp, Noah Waits, Sean Burke, Lelah Cochran, Christy McCormick of Adairsville High, and Patty Dees of Booth Western Art Museum. Not pictured: Thomas Bagley, Emily Wilkey, and Brandy Wise.


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BCCCA_WTALC.jpg: (L-R) Front Row: Patty Dees of Booth Western Art Museum, Leah Hill, Alexia Chappell, Carley Colson, and Peggy Brown of the Bartow College and Career Academy. Not pictured: Jessica Jordan.


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