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