On Sunday, October 1, Asheville School senior Gelsey Beavers-Damron was named a winner in the Woods and Wilds Children Storytelling Contest hosted by the Dogwood Alliance and Asheville Grit.
The contest asked authors to write a short story about a time when they were inspired in forests. Open to students from third to twelfth grade, Beavers-Damron was selected as one of four winners and read her story aloud during the Dogwood Alliance's Woods and Wilds Festival hosted at the Salvage Station in Asheville, North Carolina.
"It was really great to be part of [this contest]," Beavers-Damron said. "It was a nice experience, and I really enjoyed how the Dogwood Alliance appreciates nature and conservation in the mountains."Beavers-Damron's story, titled "The Dirt in Our Palms and the Stories They Tell," entails a girl and her grandmother spending time together in nature. Beavers-Damron says the story carries personal significance for her and that winning the contest was meaningful. You can read the full text of her winning short story here.
Gelsey Beavers-Damron (left) is pictured with the other contest winners at the festival.