Creative writers come in all ages from kindergarten to fifth grade at the Hoonah City Schools.
Students entered a creative writing contest with categories such as Animals, Poetry, Out of this World, and Humor. There were winners in each category plus for best illustration, writers' choice and best of class. One grand winner was selected from all the entries.
Volunteers from the community were asked to read and assess stories and poems from 43 students. The winners were honored at an Author's Tea recently with Principal Michael Byers and Superintendent Howard Diamond.
First-grade teacher Christina Lowder organized the after-school writing workshop for interested students, with the assistance of Capt. Loni Upshaw, pastor with The Salvation Army.
Local business owners who donated prizes were: Steve Brown-Hoonah Trading Co., Libby Clark-Libby's, and Dave and Donna Austin-Tideland Tackle, Ed Phillips-Icy Straits Lodge, Dave and Maggie McLane-Harbor Lights, Dee and George Westman,-Mary's Inn, and Hoonah Youth Center.
The winners in each category were: Writers Choice - 1) Kristian Geise, 2) Ricky Contreras, 3) Danna Bettridge. Humor - 1) Greggory Wright, 2) Jordan Sheakley, 3) Ashia Geise and Casey Mills. Animals - 1) Liv Dybdahl, 2) Ranelle Hinchman and Rebecca Warren, 3) Shawna Barros. Out of this World - 1) Kole Skaflestad and Karoline Henry, 2) Bobby Barros, 3) Cory Hill. Poetry - 1) Danielle Maples, 2) Brittney Jack, 3) Gina Norris.
Pizza party winners for best-of-class were Bobby Barros, Megan Stevenson, Ashia Geise, Ashley Hammonds, Gina Norris and Danielle Maples. Best Illustration goes to Gina Norris for her story "A Dream." The grand prize went to Krage Skaflestad for his story "My Mom."
The Author's Tea and contest was such a great success that Lowder and the students look forward to next year's contest with new adventures in writing.