The American Association of University Women Batavia-St. Charles-Geneva branch honored 16 seventh and eighth graders for their fiction and non-fiction contest-winning entries at a reception on April 4 at the Batavia Public Library. The AAUW has sponsored the contest for 40 years.
The keynote address was given by Illinois novelist Julie Oleszek, and excerpts from each winning entry were read to an assembly of students, families, teachers, and AAUW members.
7th Grade Fiction: 1st Place—Alexandra Lee, Geneva Middle School
South; 2nd Place—Emily Sheluga, Wredling; 3rd Place—Ava Larson,
Wredling; 4th Place—Matthew Brunson, Wredling
7th Grade Non-Fiction: 1st Place—Riley Wilson, Thompson; 2nd
Place—Emerson Kerzman, Wredling; 3rd Place—Katie Jones, Wredling; 4th
Place—Brooklyn Lukowski, Wredling
8th Grade Fiction: 1st Place—Lily Newkirk, Rotolo; 2nd Place—Jacqui
Hart, Geneva Middle School South; 3rd Place—Eli Balisi, Rotolo; 4th
Place—Delia Bonnet, Rotolo
8th Grade Non-Fiction: 1st Place—Gabrielle Kuretsky, Rotolo; 2nd
Place—Meredith Brown, Rotolo; 3rd Place—Alana Grace Plourde, Rotolo;
4th Place, Savanna Huang, Geneva Middle School North