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Middle-school students receive writing awards

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:22 p.m. CDT
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Eighteen students from Tri City middle schools received medals and certificates of honor for original fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the American Association of University Women Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles branch at a ceremony and reception April 10 in St. Charles.

The winners were selected from 289 entries in the student-writing contest, which the AAUW Branch has had annually for the past 35 years.

The winners by category are: • Eighth Grade Fiction: Stephen Parao (Haines) took first; Meng Yian Shi (Wredling) took second; and Avalon Bruno (Wredling) took third.

• Eighth Grade Non-Fiction: Danny Buetow (Wredling) took first; Breana Carlino (Wredling) took second; and Alec Schnitker (Wredling) took third.

• Eighth Grade Poetry: Joyanna Osborne (Wredling) took first; Meredith Reber (Haines) took second; and Dylon Zaworski (Wredling) took third.

• Seventh Grade Fiction: Zoe Stone (Rotolo) took first; Maeve Huttner (Wredling) took second; and Brigid Milette (Thompson) took third.

• Seventh Grade Non-Fiction: Matthew Nagler (Wredling) took first; Tara Wilczak (Haines) took second; and Connor Holland (Rotolo) took third.

• Seventh Grade Poetry: Emily Tratar (Rotolo) took first; Kiana Dutcher (Wredling) took second; and Taylor Keene (Wredling) took third.

Susan Kaye Quinn, best-selling young adult fiction writer and author of the Mindjack series, was the keynote speaker.

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