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Storymakers celebrates young authors

Adam Hangland

The results are in: Winners have been celebrated. The marvelous Storymakers middle school writing contest was a tremendous success. On Saturday, January 7 contest sponsors Rocky Mountain PBS and CenturyLink hosted a grand luncheon for all their talented winners and families. Doug Price, CEO and President of Rocky Mountain PBS and John Hall, Public Relations manager of Denver and Northglenn, Colorado from CenturyLink also attended.
The note key address was delivered by Judith Snyder, author and storyteller. Kids looked at shapes like squiggles and swirls and tried to decide what they could be. She also told the true story of a woman from Greeley named, “Rattlesnake Kate”.  Kate was attacked by a huge amount of rattlesnakes in 1925 and courageously killed 140. She also gave the kids some useful writing tips.
After that, Boni Hamilton, Ph.D. was up. She wanted all the kids to know that a story is never complete and can always be improved on. (She also encouraged them to improve on their stories when they got back home.) Also, she showed a digital story from the previous workshop that one of the winners made.
Then it was time to hand out the generous prizes. 1st place received a Kindle, 2nd place got a digital camera, and 3rd place acquired an iPod Shuffle. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places along with the finalists from each grade also received a certificate of participation. 2nd place winner Jack Pool, a 6th grader from Red Rocks Elementary, writer of Miguel the Tortoise said he was very excited and it was a big surprise to be a winner.
1st place winner DiAnna Rowe, an 8th grader from Severance Middle School in Windsor, author of Golden Piece of Junk said “I was ecstatic when I got the call.”
John Hall from CenturyLink said that by being winners today they proved that they had talent. After awards, kids and their parents enjoyed a fantastic lunch from “Food Guy”, a catering company. Applicants from 84 towns entered, (from Fruta to Wiley). 892 kids entered this contest, and only 24 were finalists or winners.