Miller South at the YSU English Festival

Posted on 05/03/2018
Orbiting Jupiter30 seventh and eighth students from Mrs. Skidmore's classes recently attended The Youngstown State University's English Festival on Friday, April 20th, 2018. YSU has been holding this festival since 1987 and invites author's to attend, so students can meet and talk to writers of some of their favorites books. This year's attendees were Chris Crutcher, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Kekia Mogoon.  The purpose of the festival is to promote reading and writing for middle school students, and during the day, students participate in special activities for prizes.

This year's winners were Mrs. Skidmore, 1st place winner in the Teacher Essay Contest; Abby Rambler, 1st place winner in the Candace Gay Memorial Art Contest; Ava Carter, 1st place winner in the Journalism Writing Contest (interviewing Kekla Magoon).

3rd place winners were Isabella Dunlap for the Jeremy Salvner Memorial Music Award; Elena Varner Waltz in the Not-So-Trivial-Pursuit; Elenor Smith in the I Love Limericks contest; and Bella Ackerman in the Laurie Halse Anderson  Laurie Halse Anderson, Mrs. Dourm and Mrs. Skidmore    

     Writing Games contest. Smith also won a 4th pace award in the Writing Games contest.

Honorable mentions went to Alexandra Benninghoff in the Jeremy Salvner Memorial Music Award and to both Isabella Dunlap and Hayley Cymerman for their work in the Impromptu Writing Essays.

Long before the festival, students must read a list of books, (this year there were 7), and meet during lunch twice a month to talk about the books and share ideas. Students also have an opportunity to participate in pre-festival events: an Essay Contest, an art contest, and a music composition contest. All of the creative events are centered around the books they have read and how they were inspired by them

Students and teachers from MS
Students resting on a picnic table at the festival.

Keko Magoon
Kekia Magoon, Mrs. Skidmore and Mrs. Dourm.

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