More than seventy Mississippi students were awarded for their literary skills today in Jackson.
The 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony played host to students from across the Magnolia State and their parents.
The students received three types of awards for their submitted works, which ranged from short stories to poetry.
The ceremony was held on the front lawn of the Eudora Welty House, and organizers say it was picked for a reason.
"This is what she wanted. She left her home to the state of Mississippi to be operated as a museum, but she did not want it to be a shrine to her. She wanted it to be a place where people could come and be inspired in their own creative endeavors, and so we feel like the scholastic writing contest is a perfect fit for that," said Lee Anne Bryan, Education and Outreach at the Eudora Welty House.
Organizers handed out 37 Gold Key awards to students.
All of those students were also submitted for the national contest, and five of them received silver awards from that as well.
By the way, today would have been Eudora Welty's birthday.