HOONAH - Hoonah City Schools had its second annual writing contest this spring. Students wrote in the categories of non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
Writing is an essential tool that aids in communication and the development of education. When focused on the writing process, students learn to develop ideas using the six writing traits.
In this year's contest, Hoonah students used computers to write stories and add graphics, which integrated technology into the process.
Students were given after-school time to write their stories and poems in the elementary computer lab. Loni Upshaw, Marti Lee and Christina Lowder assisted the young writers. They were given the month of April to write and complete their stories.
On May 14 in the school cafeteria, an authors' tea was held. Tony Abbott baked two delicious cakes, and fun and enjoyment filled the event. Upshaw was master of ceremonies, and Principal Michael Byer and Lowder presented the trophies. The PTSA of Hoonah City Schools donated money for the trophies.
This year, a cover and title page were required along with graphics. Students showed talent and creativity in each story that was written. Some students have given their book to be displayed at the Hoonah City Schools library, so that others can check them out and enjoy them.
We would like to thank all the people involved that helped make this such a successful event.
The young authors who participated were all winners because they honed their writing skills and developed higher-quality stories. The trophies awarded were:
Grand Prize, Torsten Skaflestad, "My Trip to the Dump."
Fiction, first prize, Nicholas White, "The Whale."
Fiction, second prize, Maisi Bettridge, "Little Owlet."
Fiction, third prize, Brittney Jack, "Eagle and Wolf."
Non-fiction, first prize, Casey Mills, "The Bear Attack."
Non-fiction, second prize, Shawna Barrows and Bobby Barrows, "My Trip to Boston."
Non-fiction, third prize, Gregory Norris, "Mudslide."
Poetry, first prize, Gina Norris, "A Poem."
Poetry, second prize, Megan Stevenson, "My Favorite Color."
Poetry, third prize, Natalie Waldron, "In the Spring."
Judges' choice: kindergarten, Torsten Skaflestad; first grade, Samantha Wright, "Sam and Arlene"; second grade, Andrew Jack, "The Snow Bird"; third grade, Loo Erickson, "The Clinic"; fourth grade, Krage Skaflestad, "The Sphinx"; fifth grade, Cory Hill, "The Dragon Ghost."