Dist. 300 Writers, Poets Earn Writing Awards
Byline: Barbara Ferguson
Many of us have heard of the great awards bestowed on writers and poets such as the Nobel Prize for literature, the Pulitzer for journalism, the Newbery Award and the Caldecott Medal for children's books.
Last Friday, a whole new and promising group of writers and poets joined their ranks when Community Unit District 300 announced the winners of the middle school writing contest.
Carpentersville Middle School's auditorium was the site where classmates and parents gathered to honor 79 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who excelled in nine different categories. Although teachers judged the works in their own schools, the best were sent for final evaluation and award selection was made by a professional assessment team.
Since it would be near impossible to list all winners, here are the first-place youngsters, in ascending grade order.
Realistic Fiction: Andi Miller, sixth grade; Matt Meier, seventh grade; and Kristen Rich, eighth grade.
Adventure Stories: Emily Kentgen, Maria Ramirez and Charles Schrade.
Mystery: Catherine Lobb, Michael Barry and Tiffany Perreault. …