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Students fare well in writing contest

Seven will travel to Denver this weekend for awards

— On Sunday, seven students from Steamboat Springs Middle School will attend a Circle of Champions Luncheon in Denver hosted by the Denver Broncos as a reward for their accomplishments in the 11th annual Anne Frank Writing Contest.
For approximately two months, the students explored the theme, “Anne’s Message to Me,” through poetry, fictional stories, and art pieces. “It’s so impressive that these guys win these top honors,” said Beth Bishop, the project coordinator. “People don’t realize that thousands of papers are submitted every year.”
Of the 28 local students who entered the contest, the seven who received awards included:
Chutney Ward, first in state, fictional story.
Adel Akkad, second place in state and first in region, third-dimensional art.
Jessica Peters, second in state and first in region, poetry.
Katie Birch, third place in region, fictional story.
Boomer McDonald, second place in region, fictional story.
Kristin Pugh, honorable mention in region, poetry.
And Korina Wentzel, third in region, poetry.
Bishop has worked with students on the writing competition for the past three years and assisted the students once a week with their entries. She said students tried to relate the issues Anne Frank wrote about in her diary to current world events and issues in their own lives.
The students will receive an anthology of winning pieces and a certificate of recognition at the luncheon on Sunday. Akkad’s third-dimensional art piece has been on display all week at the Denver Museum of Natural Science.


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