CIS names Young Authors’ Conference winners

Published 8:41 pm Monday, May 12, 2014

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First-place winners in the 2014 Young Authors’ Conference at Clanton Intermediate School were: (left to right) Charlotte Blencowe, Cameron McGhar, Laken Flowers, Cayleigh Averhart and Garret Traywick. Also pictured are (back row, left to right) author and artist Chris Rumble, CIS Principal David Seale and children’s author Ronda Friend.

Clanton Intermediate School announced its 2014 Young Authors’ Conference winners Friday.

Judges not affiliated with CIS chose entries for first-, second- and third-place awards in Best Story and Best Illustrations categories for third–fifth grades.

The following students received awards:

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Fifth grade winners were: (left to right) Jasmine Stone, Raven Baker, Laken Flowers and Emily Williams.

Fifth grade, best story

•Laken Flowers, first place for “A Simple Book: A Book of Poetry”

•Raven Baker, second place for “Adoption”

•Jasmine Stone, third place for “What Inspired Me to Do Gymnastics”

Fifth grade, best illustrations

•Laken Flowers, first place for “A Simple Book: A Book of Poetry”

•Raven Baker, second place for “Adoption”

•Emily Williams, third place for “Off to the Amazon”

Fourth grade, best story

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Fourth grade winners were: (left to right) Jonathan Alford, Halle Sullivan, Cameron McGhar, Charlotte Blencowe, Anna Cleckler and Ivan Marquez.

•Cameron McGhar, first place for “The Christmas Egg”

•Halle Sullivan, second place for “Our 4th Grade Fight”

•Jonathan Alford, third place for “Cat Food? Nope! Puppies”

Fourth grade, best illustrations

•Charlotte Blencowe, first place for “The Technology Girl”

•Anna Cleckler, second place for “Andrew the Ant Take a Vacation”

•Ivan Marquez, third place for “Bat-Man”

Third grade, best story

•Garret Traywick, first place for “The Two Scientists”

•Lilly Griffin, second place for “Fun Times with My Grandparents”

•Lydia Newton, third place for “Does the Mustache Say No?”

Third grade, best illustrations

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Third grade winners were: (left to right) Lydia Newton, Lilly Griffin, Garret Traywick, Cayleigh Averhart, Rickey Edwards and Morgan Wright.

•Cayleigh Averhart, first place for “A Girl’s Best Friend”

•Rickey Edwards, second place for “The Zoo”

•Morgan Wright, third place for “Having a Best Friend”

On Friday, students were treated to programs by author and artist Chris Rumble and children’s author Ronda Friend.

Students also had the opportunity to purchase books from the authors.

“We’re proud of all of them,” CIS Principal David Seale said of this year’s award winners. “It’s a big deal.”

With assistance from CIS librarian Donna McCary and other staff members, the annual Young Authors’ Conference is organized and funded by the CIS Parent Teacher Organization.

“A lot of PTO fundraisers go to this,” Seale said.