Ten local students were recently recognized in the Wyoming Young Authors competition. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate in the state contest, organized by the Wyoming State …
Ten local students were recently recognized in the Wyoming Young Authors competition. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate in the state contest, organized by the Wyoming State Literacy Association.
The association announced the winners last month. Powell students who won awards in the 2019 contest include:
Kindergarten: Tell Whitaker from Southside received an honorable mention for “9 Little Tractors and the Big Idea” in the fiction category.
First grade: James Heny from Westside won first place in nonfiction with “Papa’s Farm.”
Second grade: Maysyn Schuler from Parkside was awarded first place in poetry with “The Red Rose.”
Second grade: Lexi McKenna from Parkside earned an honorable mention for “The Outstanding Fever” in the nonfiction category.
Fourth grade: Charlytt Patton from Southside won first place in nonfiction with “Ways of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.”
Fifth grade: Katarina Reitz from Parkside received first place in fiction with “For All the World’s Secrets.” She also won first place in poetry for “A Penny Worth a Thousand Trips.”
Seventh grade: Emmalee Nordland, who is homeschooled, earned an honorable mention in poetry with “Tranquil Chatter.”
Eighth grade: David Polson from Powell Middle School received an honorable mention with “The Battle of Fredericksburg” in the nonfiction category.
10th grade: Bailey Phillips from Powell High School won first place in poetry with “Poems for a New and Improved World.”
12th grade: Michael Dimas from PHS received an honorable mention for “Search for the Lollipop Tree” in the fiction category.
In April, Powell schools hosted a celebration for the students whose entries went to the state competition. Refreshments for the evening were prepared by the Powell Middle School Foods Classes.
The event at the Powell Branch Library drew such a large crowd that there wasn’t room for everyone in the packed meeting room.
“We are so happy to see Powell’s love for writing and their young authors,” said Brittany Mollett, who teaches at Westside and helps with the annual contest.
— Tessa Baker