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Annual Young Authors Celebration for student writers held at Fearrington Village

Posted Monday, May 23, 2011

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Chatham County Schools Media Education Program along with McIntyre’s Fine Books and Fearrington Village hosted the twenty-third annual Young Authors Celebration for student writers in Chatham County on Tuesday, April 12. The event was held at The Barn at Fearrington Village.

Keith Medlin, Director of Media and Technology, emceed the ceremony. He began the evening by introducing native North Carolinian writer John Claude Bemis.

Bemis, an award-winning author, who once worked as a teacher at Perry Harrison School and North Chatham School, advised the Young Authors on how best to nurture their love of writing. He advised them to focus on subjects they themselves would want to read about.

After Bemis’ remarks, Medlin recognized various Chatham County administrators including Superintendent Robert Logan as well as thanked the many media personnel that contribute to the education of all students in Chatham County Schools.

Directly after personnel recognition, Medlin, Bemis, and Superintendent Logan began the awards presentation. Students from Bennett School were the first to be honored, with students from thirteen schools within the county being recognized as school winners competing at the county level.

Four students won awards that were in the “Best of” category. Cammie Zehner of North Chatham School, who wrote “Why Does the Wolf Howl to the Moon? Poems and Thoughts of a Second Grader,” won Best of: Grades K-4. Isabel Bors of Horton, who wrote “Broken,” won Best of: Grades 5-8. Bailey Revels of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School, who authored “A Rock. A Simple Smooth Stone,” won Best Novel. The student author who won Best Overall was Margaret B. Pollard Middle School’s Olivia Somers, who wrote “Apple Juice, Hot Chocolate, and a Mystery.”

While walking around the room, attendees had the opportunity to look at books that were on display. Examples of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and handmade pop-up books were exhibited.

Superintendent Logan provided the closing remarks thanking the parents of the student honorees for their support in their child’s education.

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