AHSLAA Awards Ceremony at the Alabama State Capitol conducted by AWF on March 12, 2014.

On March 12 the Alabama Writers’ Forum conducted the 2014 awards ceremony for the Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarships Competition (AHSLAA).  Steve Gierhart, publisher of the Ardent Writer Press and North Alabama board member of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, attended the awards program conducted at the Alabama State Capitol.

Several North Alabama students won awards from the Alabama Writers Forum and were recognized for their efforts. These include Mary Butgereit of Bob Jones High School who attended with her mom, Leigh, and Cheyenne Dalton of Scottsboro High School who attended with her mom and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Dalton, and her teacher, creative writing instructor Holly Michaels.  Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Mack McCutcheon attended and recognized these gifted students as well.

The program was well planned and executed by AWF’s fantastic Executive Director Jeanie Thompson and her staff, including Nancy Hutcheson and Danny Gamble.  Even Board President Kirk  Concutt stepped into the action with a rousing and humorous address to the many students, teachers, and parents at the ceremony.  Fellow board member Jim Buford of Auburn attended as well.

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District 3 State Senator Arthur Orr recognizes Mary Butgereit, winner in the poetry category of AHSLAA 2014 competition.

District 3 State Senator Arthur Orr recognizes Mary Butgereit, winner in the poetry category of AHSLAA 2014 competition.

 

Executive Director Jeanie Thompson addresses the audience at the AHSLAA awards ceremony on March 12.

Executive Director Jeanie Thompson addresses the audience at the AHSLAA awards ceremony on March 12.

 

Mary Butgereit (poetry winner-Bob Jones HS: right front) sits with proud mom, Leigh, at the AHSLAA ceremony on March 12.

Mary Butgereit (poetry winner-Bob Jones HS: right front) sits with proud mom, Leigh, at the AHSLAA ceremony on March 12.

 

District 25 State Reprsentative Mac McCutheon stands with AHSLAA poetry winner Mary Butgereit at the awards ceremony at the State Capitol

District 25 State Reprsentative Mac McCutheon stands with AHSLAA poetry winner Mary Butgereit at the awards ceremony at the State Capitol

 

AWF staffer Danny Gamble (standing center) talks AHSLAA with audience members.

AWF staffer Danny Gamble (standing center) talks AHSLAA with audience members.

 

AWF Board Member and publisher of the Ardent Writer Press stands with Cheyenne Dalton, Scottsboro High School, and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Dalton

AWF Board Member and publisher of the Ardent Writer Press stands with Cheyenne Dalton, Scottsboro High School, and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Dalton

 

AWF President Kirk Concutt with poetry winner Cheyenne Dalton and teacher Holly Michaels at the AHSLAA award ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery

AWF President Kirk Concutt with poetry winner Cheyenne Dalton and teacher Holly Michaels at the AHSLAA award ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery

 

AWF Board member Jim Buford (Auburn) stands with AHSLAA winner Ansley Ayers

AWF Board member Jim Buford (Auburn) stands with AHSLAA winner Ansley Ayers

 

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.