(Conway, AR) — Two members of the Conway Writers Group (CWG) earned awards for their creative work during the recent Conway Arts Awards ceremony presented by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA). The well-attended event was held at the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building on the Hendrix College campus during the evening of April 12.
Members of the CWG nominated four of its members for consideration for CAFTA awards: Paula Abernathy, June Simmons, Treece Ealy, and Cecil McDermottt. Two were selected and received awards: Treece Ealy, a home-schooled junior high student in Conway and also the youngest member of CWG, and Cecil McDermott, Ph.D., a retired Education Technology Resource Specialist and formerly a member of the Hendrix College faculty.
Treece earned the Outstanding Student Artist Award – Teen Division. The CAFTA Award was a framed certificate accompanied by a custom-crafted pottery disc. Treece enjoys different genres of art, whether it is writing, drawing, theater/film, or music. Writing is his true passion. He enjoys writing comedy pieces, sci-fi, and all kinds of poems. He says, "If I have a story in my head, I want to share it. That is what inspires me."
Treece spends his days being home-schooled, reading, writing, crafting, and spending time with his family. He lives in Twin Groves, Arkansas with his parents and two brothers. His favorite subjects in school are history and science. The favorite time period he likes to study is the early 1900s. His goal in life is to become a famous writer with the hope that his books will make it to the big screen. “My ultimate goal is to win the Pulitzer Prize for writing,” he said.
Cecil McDermott received the Outstanding Arts Educator Award in recognition of his career at Hendrix College in the emerging Education Technology Resources field and his current involvement as a mentor to elementary school students in Arkansas. Cecil regularly visits elementary schools around the state as a “Writer in Residence” and counsels young students about reading and writing. He is currently engaged in researching and writing an informational essay about the cultural history of Conway. At CWG meetings, he often shares his thoughtful poetry and essays.
Group members include newbies, semi-pro, and seasoned writers. Some works have been published in local, regional, and national magazines. A poem by one senior member was selected in 2005 for inclusion in the International Library of Poetry. However, most works are created for personal satisfaction or a think piece about an idea that is currently top-of-mind for an author. CWG members bring their current or previous work to weekly meetings and share it with others. Meetings are open to the public and persons of all ages are welcome.