Seven Westminster students competed at yesterday’s GISA Regional Literary Competition, and each student placed in his or her category.  Five of the students received first or second place advancing them to next week’s State competition in Valdosta, Ga.

In only its second year participating in the Literary competition, Westminster went from one student to seven students competing.

The students competed against other regional schools including Nathaniel Greene Academy, Thomas Jefferson Academy, John Hancock Academy, and Bethlehem Christian Academy.

Freshman Liz Autry brought home the group’s only first place which she received for her rhetorical analysis essay over a passage from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

Daniel Lanclos, who competed as well last year received 2nd place for his piano performance of “Military Polonaise” by Chopin and “Rondo Alla Turca” by Mozart.

Madi McCullough received 2nd place for her solo song performance of “On My Own” from Les Miserable and “At the River”.

Also receiving 2nd place were Eva Delaplane and Sarah Cole, for their duo interpretation of selections from Horatius at the Bridge.


Josh Russell and Christian Delmarter also competed in personal and argumentative essay. They both did well, with Josh coming in 4th for personal essay on his grandfather’s achievements, and Christian coming in 5th for argumentative essay on the healthcare mandate.

The group is led by faculty advisor Amy Lanclos and received assistance and accompaniment from former professional musician and current Westminster parent John Autry.

“I look forward to this event growing for Westminster,” said Lanclos.  “We have wonderfully talented students in a variety of artistic areas. This competition is a place for those talents to shine and be recognized, not to mention the awesome performance and up front experience our students get from this meet. Go Lions!!”

The first and second place students will travel to Valdosta, Ga. Tuesday, March 19 for the State competition.