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Junior high writers compete for honors during annual tournament


Thirty-nine seventh- and eighth-grade students from 10 local public, private and charter schools competed in the county-wide Writing Tournament Thursday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the annual event, which was sponsored by The Union and Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

The students were judged on three styles of writing:

— Expository writing: Robin Hauck, deputy manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds spoke to the students. Afterward, the students were given time to write a paper on what they had heard and seen.

— Creative writing: The students wrote compositions about a snowman.

— Letter writing: Students were asked to write a Letter to the Editor of The Union, expressing their views on school safety.

Overall winners of the tournament’s “Sweepstakes” honors were: Chicago Park’s Ivy MacLeod at the seventh-grade level and Mount St. Mary’s Academy’s Maddy Rossitto with the eighth-grade honors.

The following is a list of Thursday’s other award winners:

SEVENTH GRADE

Expository writing:

First place — Evan Prescott, Seven Hills; second place — Savannah Collyer, Magnolia; third place — Annie McDaniel, Mount St. Mary’s Academy; fourth place — Sean Wheeler, Forest Charter; and fifth place — Ivy MacLeod, Chicago Park

Creative writing:

First place — Alexandra Brown, Union Hill; second place — Sean Wheeler, Forest Charter; third place — Savannah Collyer, Magnolia; fourth place — Ivy MacLeod, Chicago Park; and fifth place — Riley Slater, Clear Creek

Letter Writing:

First place — Ivy MacLeod, Chicago Park; second place — Anna O’Neill, Mount St. Mary’s Academy; third place — Evan Prescott, Seven Hills; fourth place — Sean Wheeler, Forest Charter; and fifth place — Savannah Collyer, Magnolia

EIGHTH GRADE

Expository writing:

First place — Courtney McCullough, Union Hill; second place — Maddy Rossitto, Mount St. Mary’s Academy; third place — Kelsey Arvidson, Pleasant Valley; fourth place — Adri Moses, Magnolia; and fifth place — Anna Fernandez, Chicago Park

Creative writing:

First place — Leo Zlimen, Seven Hills; second place — Alicia Hodgin, Pleasant Valley; third place — Maddy Rossitto, Mount St. Mary’s Academy; fourth place — Molly Shine, Union Hill; and fifth place — Lilith Gjertsen, Yuba River Charter

Letter writing:

First place — Adri Moses, Magnolia; second place — Molly Shine, Union Hill; third place — Leo Zlimen, Seven Hills; fourth place — Maddy Rossitto, Mount St. Mary’s Academy; and fifth place — Devin Van Burkleo, Magnolia

The union staff


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