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Model Students Recognized as Finalists in International Writing Contest

Allie Baker and Grace Luxon, two of the KET Young Writers Contest Finalists

Eight writers from Model Laboratory School took a chance on putting their love of writing out into the world. It paid off. 

Three rising 6th graders, Allie, Grace, and Haleigh, were recognized as finalists at the national level for their writing in the KET Young Writer's Contest!

The KET Young Writer's Contest "encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry."

Allie, Grace, and Haleigh chose to enter the Poetry contest. With their entries "Wifi Went on Vacation," "Feet," and "I Dunno" (respectively), they were selected as top ten Finalists in a competition comprised of 1,300 submissions from across Kentucky as well as 30 other states and five countries, including Thailand, Puerto Rico, Canada, China and a U.S. military post in Germany.

"I am so proud of our students!" beamed Mrs. Brooks, Model's Librarian and 5th grade Creative Writing teacher. "I wanted the students to enter the contest because I wanted them to envision themselves the way I see them - as professional writers sharing their voice. Through the writing, editing, revising and publishing process, they developed the work ethic that it takes to be a writer.

But it goes beyond that. I wanted students in my class to know they don't have to keep their voice to themselves.

It is important for students to understand learning, growth and impact does not happen just within the 4 walls of an education building. Having an impact means taking a chance and sharing your knowledge and growth. Their goal was not to focus on winning, but to develop the belief that by sharing their voice through fun, thought-provoking content, they could employ reflection, joy and laughter to others in the state of Kentucky. They exceeded their own expectations."

Published on June 05, 2020

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