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Tournament’s winning writers

Taking top honors at Thursday's Nevada County Writing Tournament at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City were, from left, Devin Anderson, Seanan Maher, Leah Ellis, Annie McDaniel, Savannah Collyer and Ryan Brott.

Forty-one seventh- and eighth-grade students from 11 local public, private and charter schools competed in a countywide writing tournament Thursday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the annual event, which was sponsored by Miners Foundry.

The students were judged on three styles of writing:

Expository Writing: Del Clement of the Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue gave a presentation to the students regarding the Search and Rescue teams. Afterwards, the students were given time to write a paper on what they had heard and seen.

Creative Writing: The students wrote compositions based on the prompt "My pet can talk!"

Letter Writing: Students were asked to write a letter to the editor of The Union expressing their views on positive role models.

Winners Sweepstakes

Seventh Grade: Leah Ellis – Seven Hills

Eighth Grade: Annie McDaniel – Mount St. Mary's Academy

Seventh Grade

Expository Writing

First: Devin Anderson – Grass Valley Charter

Second: Keegan O'Sullivan – Chicago Park

Third: Leah Ellis –Seven Hills

Fourth: Sarah Shine – Union Hill

Fifth: Balam Shenachie – Ready Springs

Creative Writing

First: Seanan Maher – Nevada City School of the Arts

Second: Elana Hierman – Nevada City School of the Arts

Third: Sarah Shine – Union Hill

Fourth: Keegan O'Sullivan – Chicago Park

Fifth: Rylee Bautista – Union Hill; Brenna Chargin – Seven Hills

Letter Writing

First: Leah Ellis – Seven Hills

Second: Seanan Maher – Nevada City School of the Arts

Third: Rylee Bautista – Union Hill

Fourth: Sarah Shine – Union Hill

Fifth: Kaitlin Herrera – Magnolia

Eighth Grade

Expository Writing

First: Annie McDaniel – Mount St. Mary's Academy

Second: Jenna Krugler –Seven Hills

Third: Riley Slater – Clear Creek

Fourth: Allison Weaver – Union Hill

Fifth: Ryan Brott – Seven Hills

Creative Writing

First: Savannah Collyer – Magnolia

Second: Annie McDaniel – Mount St. Mary's Academy

Third: Riley Slater – Clear Creek

Fourth: Allison Weaver – Union Hill

Fifth: Cameron Richards – Pleasant Valley

Letter Writing

First: Ryan Brott- Seven Hills

Second: Anna O'Neill – Mount St. Mary's Academy

Third: Jenna Krugler – Seven Hills

Fourth: Veronica Rutherford – Magnolia

Fifth: Alexandra Brown – Union Hill; Annie McDaniel – Mount St. Mary's Academy