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Hannah Crawford Elementary students display their certificates.

NORTH ROBINSON – Young authors from Hannah Crawford Elementary will soon be published by Young Writers, an English publishing company that has been encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing through writing contests.

According to the Young Writers website, “Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.”

Fifth grade teacher Amanda Routzahn started having her students participate in Young Writers’ contests about three years ago, after the company mailed their information with an invitation to join.

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Students from Hannah Crawford Elementary are having their work published.

Each contest is tailored to the relevant age group, giving each student the inspiration to create their own piece of work whether it be a poem or a short story.

Routzahn said the company uses interest-based prompts for writing motivation.

"This is not part of our regular curriculum, but does tie into 5th grade state writing standards,” she said. “It is a great way to get reluctant writers excited to apply their ability in fun and exciting ways with new themes every quarter/year.”

This past fall the theme was “Ridiculous Writers.”

To go with the theme, students drew a random adjective and a random noun from a jar to get them started. Some examples were, “rude doctor,” “magic chicken,” or “the freaky monster.” Then students brainstormed ideas using a graphic organizer. Editing was done by peers to ensure they tied in characters, setting, and a clear beginning, middle, and end story line in 100 words or less before submitting their final pieces.

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Fifty students in Miss Amanda Routzahn’s, Ms. Rebecca Beck’s, and Mrs. Becky Gottfried’s classes participated this year.

The work of the following 41 students was made eligible for publishing:

Abby Ehmann, Aleck-Zander Greathouse, Alex Hartman, Amanda Lambert, Amira Estrada, Ansley Witter, Aubrey Messenger, Ava Miller, Brylon Watson, Brynsley Kitchin, Bryce Parsons, Cami Roston, Carter Cramer, Lainey Kocher, Ella Harding, Emily Edgington, Grace Cooley, Gracelynn Lash, Graysen Edgington, Greta Smith, Harper Davis, Hayden Rowland, Hayden Young, James Schwenning, Jensten Landon, Kaiden Baker, Kellan Roski, Kinley Hoepf, Lane Fuller, Mia Hoover, Miquel Orta, Mika Suarez, Ryan Fankhauser, Sapphira VanBuren, Shiloh Schenz, Sophie Allen, Sophie Fox, Tanner Piper, Taylor Shields, Trey Bruner, Zane Booker, and Zoe Dyer.

“I feel that students gained the exact mission of what Young Writers is all about,” Routzahn said, “and that is to love the written word due to being given the freedom to express their creativity in reading and writing with hopes of seeing their own ideas published.

"We are excited to continue to participate in future years. I anticipate their contest prompts as much as students seem to!”

She said parents or relatives of students who were eligible for publishing received information on how to order a published copy that will be available in April.

Colonel Crawford Local Schools provides education to over 900 students from preschool through 12th grade. The district offers a curriculum with a wide range of electives and comprehensive courses of study in college preparatory, vocational and physical education programs.

The district’s mission is to enable students to grow academically and socially by providing a safe, positive and challenging learning environment.

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