The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 4, 2013

GCC honorary recognizes young authors

Web Administrator

GROVE CITY — The contest is the Kappa Delta Pi education honorary’s part of the “Literacy Alive” service project. The event encourages elementary and middle school students in their writing, reading and creativity skills.

The fall ceremony, held Nov. 15 on campus, recognized fourth- through eighth-graders. A spring ceremony will be held for kindergarten through third-graders.

More than 700 stories were submitted from schools in the area. Though the stories could be on any topic, they had to be narratives and not essays or reports.

KDP members spend several weeks scoring the stories based on categories such as sentence content and structure, interest level and grammar. Writers of the highest scoring stories from each school and grade were invited to attend the Awesome Authors Awards Ceremony. Those winning students were recognized at the event and awarded prizes, as well as given the opportunity to read their stories aloud.

Junior Julia Menarchek, KDP fall president, said she enjoys hearing the students read their works, which is also rewarding for the young writers.

“What I appreciate about this event is the community participation that it brings out,” Menarchek said. “Getting families involved in their child’s education – specifically writing – is so important, and this event definitely helps to accomplish this.”

A list of participants and overall winners from The Herald’s circulation area by grade follows. A single asterisk (*) denotes overall winner. A double asterisk (**) indicates an “Awesome Author.”

Fourth-grade winners

Jordan Davis, Grove City Christian Academy

Selah Severson, Grove City Christian Academy

Elizabeth Kammerdiener, Jamestown Elementary

Fifth-grade winners

Ashley Kimball, Commodore Perry Elementary

Kearstyn Coulter, Commodore Perry Elementary

Adrienn Klimchak, Grove City Christian Academy*

Christian Dosch, Lakeview Elementary

Anthony Grim, Lakeview Elementary

Molly Yasnowski, Sharpsville Elementary

Katherine Bornes, Sharpsville Elementary

Jaden Parker, Wilmington Middle

Sixth-Grade Winners

Mattison Arnett, Commodore Perry Elementary

Sadie Mink, Commodore Perry Elementary

Grace Messer, Grove City Christian Academy*

Daniel Timko, Grove City Christian Academy

Claire Oliver, Lakeview Middle

Alissa Slater, Lakeview Middle

William Divens, Sharpsville Middle

Seventh-Grade Winners

Shelby Munger, Grove City Christian Academy

Nathanael Fleming, Grove City Christian Academy

Hannah Krofcheck, Grove City Middle

Gillian Fisher, Sharpsville Middle

Gwynne Frazer, Sharpsville Middle**

Eighth-Grade Winners

Abby Kimball, Commodore Perry

Lindsey Cummings, Grove City Christian Academy*

Daniel Munson, Grove City Christian Academy

Gabrielle Herald, Grove City

Kayla DeMarco, Jamestown

Sierra DeMarsh, Lakeview Middle

Alicia Peters, Lakeview Middle

Lily AbiNader, Sharpsville

Elysse Rogers, Sharpsville

Debra Berardi, Wilmington Middle

Aubrie Hargenrader, Wilmington Middle