The Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles branch of the American Association of University Women celebrated its 30th annual Creative Writing Contest Award Program on Thursday, April 2, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. The exciting evening began with a presentation by nonfiction writer Joni Holderman followed by Thomas Vandiver, a 2005 Creative Writing Contest winner, who spoke a few minutes on the impact receiving the award had on him.
Vandiver is a senior at Illinois Math and Science Academy. He said that winning the contest boosted his confidence in writing, a necessary skill for completing his college application to William and Mary, which has accepted him as a student for the coming year.
The evening continued with a brief reading of each winning entry and the presentation of 18 medals to first-, second- and third-place winners in the categories of fiction, nonfiction/essay and poetry from both seventh and eighth grades. The celebration concluded with refreshments and photos.
Students receiving awards for their entries included:
* First place: McKinsey Koch, Wredling Middle School in St. Charles.
* Second place: Claire Davis, Wredling.
* Third place: Gianna Fazio, Wredling.
* First place: Lauren Siegel, Haines Middle School in St. Charles.
* Second place: Danielle Maranion, Haines.
* Third place: Kendra Sheehan, Thompson Middle School in St. Charles.
* First place: Megan Tmudo, Rotolo Middle School in Batavia.
* Second place: Drake Kienzle, Wredling.
* Third place: Lauren Towne, Wredling.
* First place: Sara Sanders, Wredling.
* Second place: Kevin Raschke, Rotolo Middle School.
* Third place: Will Camacho, St. Peter School in Geneva.
* First place: Tyler Mann, Wredling.
* Second place: Austin Stombres, Wredling. …