Four Decorah Middle School students and one Carrie Lee student recently received top awards from the Iowa Reading Association for their creative writing.
Oscar Grimstad, a 4th grader, won first place for his original short story “The Kitty at Gull Lake.”
Brylee Hanson, a 5th grade student, was a first-place winner for her original poem “I Am From…”
Teagan Menke, a 5th grader, was a first-place winner for her original short story “Dear Lark.”
Carson Boehner, a 6th grader, was a first-place winner for his original poem “Pen.”
Olivia Quam, a 6th grader, won second-place for her original short story “Us.”
Students from across Iowa submitted their original compositions to the contest to be judged through their local reading councils. All four students represented the Northeast Iowa Reading Council. Top entries were then judged by Iowa Reading Association judges for state awards.
Winners have received a letter of congratulations and a certificate honoring their accomplishments.
Normally the first place winners from each grade level, K-12, are recognized at the June conference each summer. However, due to health concerns relating to large group gatherings with the Coronavirus, the Iowa Reading Association Summer Conference in Ames, Iowa, has been canceled.
Other winners at the regional competition, sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Reading Association, include the following: Oak Pasche, 4th grader, for his original poem “Roller Coaster”; Elsa Johnson, 7th grader, for her original poem “Life”; and Oliver Brummel, 7th grader, for his original short story “I’m Sorry Jon.”