Club Presents Awards at Kitty Stone Elementary
|Kitty Stone Elementary's winners of the JSU Writers'
Club descriptive fiction contest include Caleb McFall, front row,
far left, first place winner, and Stephanie Onyekwere, front row,
center, second place. Looking on are Kitty Kirby, reading coach
at Kitty Stone, front row, far right, and, on the back row, from
left, Larry Welch, Writers' Club contest coordinator; Jennifer Bacchas,
Writers' Club member; and Randy Wilson, president of the JSU Writers'
Club. (David Howell Photo)
Kitty Stone Elementary
School recently held a descriptive fiction writing contest sponsored
by the Jacksonville State University Writers' Club .
Caleb McFall received
first place for his submission, "Darkness Doesn't Last Forever;" Stephanie
Onyekwere received second place for her entry, "My Mystery Object;"
Savannah Jones received third place for her submission, "Sweet Mystery;"
and Chelsey Miranda received fourth place for her piece, "My Investigation."
"This was outstanding,"
said Caleb McFall, winner of the contest. "I was shocked when they announced
my name as the winner."
Plaques and a cash
prizes were awarded to the top four winners, and a Certificate of Achievement
for honorable mention was presented to the other five finalists. The
additional 15 submissions received certificates of appreciation for
The event was held
in conjunction with the National Reading Week program. Participants
were invited to write a descriptive narrative of about 300 words about
a Hershey's Kiss. Students were also encouraged to use a thesaurus while
writing their narratives.
"We are always interested
in improving our student's writing skills and creativity," said Kitty
Kirby, reading coach for KSES. "When the idea for a writing contest
was first presented to us by the JSU Writers' Club , we immediately said
Larry Welch, Writers'
Club contest coordinator, said, "Our club is always looking for ways
to promote literacy and opportunities for the production of creative
writing. When Randy Wilson, our Club's president, first suggested the
contest, the rest of the club immediately adopted the proposal."
the event was voluntary for all fifth and sixth graders. Numerous submissions
"I think all the
students that participated in the event really enjoyed writing their
narratives," said Ms. Kirby "It was fun for them because they could
be creative in their own unique way."
According to Mr.
Welch, "One of the requirements was that each submission had to be the
original work of each respective student without any assistance other
than the thesaurus." Nine of the 24 submissions were selected as finalist.
"I thought all the
submissions we received were excellent." Said Jamie Jensen, Writers' Club member and judge of the contest. "It was a real joy to read them."
Katie Morris, a
Writers' Club member and a judge of the contest, said, "It was hard to
determine which entries were the most creative. They were all very creative."
The Writers' Club recently received a commitment from an anonymous donor to fund the annual
event, which will ensure that the event will continue for several more
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