Two West Orange – Stark Middle School students have been named state finalists in the “Do the Write Thing” (DtWT) Challenge.

            Jacoy Finney and Faithe Davis, eighth and seventh grade students respectively, at WO-S Middle School were named state finalists at a DtWT Region V Education Service Center program banquet held in Beaumont in April.
            WO-S eighth grade English Teacher Brandy Downey said, “This is a very prestigious honor – only two students from our entire area were selected as state finalists, and both students selected were from WOSMS! The director of the program even commented to the audience at the ceremony that the judges were just as surprised as all of us to find out that their representation in Austin will be from students from the same school.”
            The DtWT Challenge is a national youth anti-violence program implemented in schools as a writing competition that engages students in discussion and composition to thoughtfully analyze the causes and effects of violence, and to propose solutions.
Seventh and eighth grade students participate.
The Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives and to communicate in essay, poem, play or song, what they think should be done to make personal commitments to solve about the problem.
The students from the Beaumont/ Region V ESC, along with students from nine other major cities in Texas participated as part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
Finney and Davis, as state finalists, have been invited to attend the Do the Write Thing State Recognition Program in Austin June 21-23. At state, both will be eligible for national finalist consideration.
"We are excited and honored to be a part of such a prestigious honor. The students have worked hard and have realized that their hard work has paid off to get commended at our state’s capital. Do The Write Thing is such an excellent program that gets students involved in changing the world in which they live and realizing their potential to have a voice and stop violence," said Byron Lumpkin, WO-S Middle School seventh grade teacher said.
Brandy Downey is Jacoy Finney’s English teacher. Byron Lumpkin teaches Faithe Davis.

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