Write Challenge Reception Honors Young Writers Annual Writing Contest Theme was "Reality"

Write Challenge Reception Honors Young Writers Annual Writing Contest Theme was "Reality"
This is the image for the news article titled Write Challenge Reception Honors Young Writers Annual Writing Contest Theme was "Reality"A "Celebration of Writing" was held last week to honor the winners of the annual Write Challenge contest for Lakota students in grades K-12.

The competition (sponsored by the Lakota LEADS parent group) encouraged Lakota students to submit narrative essays, personal essays or poetry focused on a theme – this year’s theme was “reality."

"LEADS loves the opportunity to bring the Write Challenge to our students every year," shared President Alyssa Louagie. "Lakota has extremely talented writers, and this year's winners amaze me with what they submitted for our theme, reality. They really poured a lot of creativity and imagination into every word!"

The reception included an inspiring talk from author Tracie Kleman, who is also a Lakota grad and Lakota teacher. She talked about her writing journey, and told the young writers that the writing foundation they are receiving at Lakota is second to none. Kleman told the audience that writing teaches many life lessons, among them to be a better listener, be adventurous, be original, be yourself and trust the way you see the world.

As part of the ceremony, 42 first, second, and third place winners received a certificate of recognition, a medal and a signed copy of one of Tracie Kleman's books. Click here to see a list of the 2016 winners. To see an anthology of this year's winning entries, click here.

Lakota LEADS (Lakota's Enrichment and Academic Development of Students) is a non-profit group that runs many programs and events in the district such as Pi Day, Invention Convention, ongoing book clubs, and the Write Challenge. For more information, click here to visit the LEADS website.


Winners in the K-2 Poetry category included (left to right) Bonny Kirkmeyer (Endeavor Elementary), Madison Springmyer (Wyandot ECS) and Aubrey Yeazell (Liberty ECS).























Lakota East students Jennave Traore, Grace Chaney, and AJ Hanmer were among the 42 writers honored last week.