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Young authors recognized

Young Authors’ Conference winners shown with illustrator Rick Anderson (left) and children’s author Michael Shoulders.

Young writers from Clanton Intermediate School were recognized Friday during the annual Young Authors’ Conference.

Students met with children’s author Michael Shoulders and book illustrator Rick Anderson.

Shoulders is the author of several books, many that follow an A-to-Z themes, like “V is for Volunteer (A Tennessee Alphabet),” “G is for Gladiator (An Ancient Rome Alphabet)”, “D is for Drum (A Native American Alphabet)” and others. Anderson illustrates Shoulders’ books.

Recently, CIS students wrote illustrated stories of their own. The following students won awards for best story or best illustrations.

Third grade, best story

•First place, Sara Kate Emmerich, “Majestic Land.”

•Second place, Vivian Sierra, “If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today.”

•Third place, Maddy Barrington, “Sarah’s Idea.”

•Third place, Jaycee Porter, “My Sister Has Cancer.”

Third grade, best illustrations

•First place, Vivian Sierra, “If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today.”

•Second place, Mya Corley, “The Horse I Love.”

•Third place, Heather Howell, “My Dog, Little Bit.”

•Third place, Cayleen Wakefield, “My Cat Zorro.”

Fourth grade, best story

•First place, Elle Robinson, “Pretty the Penguin.”

•Second place, Georgia Simpson, “Witch’s Night Out.”

•Third place, Coby Ussery, “My Baseball Seasons.”

•Honorable mention, Parker Porter, “All About Cats.”

Fourth grade, best illustrations

•First place, Jake Glass, “Heartless.”

•Second place, Elle Robinson, “Pretty the Penguin.”

•Third place, Briana Cofer, “The Time I Went to Florida.”

Fifth grade, best story

•First place, Mary White, “Kylee the Orphan.”

•Second place, Daylin Stange, “Colson’s Hunt.”

•Third place, Allie Lightsey, “The Gymnastics Dream.”

First grade, best illustrations

•First place, Zoe Grace Batchelor, “Me, Myself and I.”

•Second place, Tilby Miller, “All About Me.”

•Third place, Carolyn Alvarez, “The Last Alchemist and Vampira’s Curse.”