7th grader wins W.Va. essay contest
By CLYDE FORD
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A kind word from a teacher inspired Allyson Orndorff, 12, to become an award-winning essay writer in West Virginia.
On Monday, the North Middle School seventh grader will read her essay on violence to West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood.
She also will do a reading of it to be broadcast on West Virginia Public Radio.
"I'm nervous about reading my essay to the governor," she said.
Orndorff's essay was picked from among more than 1,000 entries from middle school students in the state's Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest.