Westminster Christian Academy walked away as the  GISA Regional Literary Competition champions following nine students’ impressive performances at yesterday’s regional competition.

WCA students received 1st place in five of the events, and 2nd place in three of the events advancing them to the State competition in Valdosta, Ga. on March 19.


2014 Literary Competition GISA Region 1A Champions

With 14 total events to select from during the competition, Westminster had students competing in 12 of the events, and each student placed in his or her category.

This is Westminster’s third consecutive year participating in Literary Competition.  Two years ago Daniel Lanclos, who is now a junior, was the only student who competed.  The three-year veteran, competed in two events yesterday, and brought home 2nd place in the solo piano competition, as well as 3rd place for international extemporaneous speaking.

Winning 1st place in yesterday’s rhetorical analysis essay event was sophomore Liz Autry who is now the back-to-back regional champion and reigning state runner-up for this event.  Autry will also be vying for the state title in the U.S. extemporaneous speaking event, in which she also received 1st place yesterday.

Also receiving 1st place was sophomore Josh Russell for his performance in the boy’s solo category.  Russell competed in last year’s personal and argumentative essay event in which he received 4th place.

Competing in three different events was sophomore Sarah Cole who brought home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques.  While Cole’s individual performance in the dramatic interpretation earned her 3rd place, she teamed up with fellow classmates for the girls’ trio and the duo interpretation events which received 1st and 2nd place respectively.

Cole’s duo interpretation was done with sophomore Eva Delaplane who also brought home a 1st place plaque for her personal essay.  The duo also received 2nd place in the same category at last year’s regional competition.


The 1st place girls’ trio group was rounded out by first time competitor, freshman Ellie Campbell and sophomore Madi McCullough.

Trio girls

McCullough also received 3rd place for her humorous interpretation.  This is McCullough’s second year participating in Literary Competition.  Last year she received 2nd place for her solo song performances of “On My Own” from Les Miserable and “At the River”.

Sophomore Henry Roberts concluded his inaugural Literary Competition with a 2nd place plaque in the spelling category.

Also new to the team is junior Justin Parsons who competed in the argumentative essay category and received 4th place.

Moving forward, Westminster will send the following students to compete at the state competition in the respective event(s):
Lanclos – solo piano
Autry – rhetorical analysis essay and U.S. extemporaneous speaking
Russell – boy’s solo
Cole – girls’ trio and the duo interpretation
Delaplane – personal essay and duo interpretation
Campbell – girls’ trio
McCullough – girls’ trio
Roberts – spelling

The group is led by faculty advisors Amy Lanclos and Joelle Dunham, and receives assistance and accompaniment from former professional musician and current Westminster parent and board member John Autry.