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Sauk Prairie students attend Young Authors Conference


June 13, 2019

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On May 28, the Central Wisconsin TAG Coordinators Consortium hosted the Young Authors Conference on the campus of UW-Baraboo. Over 200 third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade writers, from 15 school districts, including Sauk Prairie students from Grand Avenue, MCCS, Tower Rock, and Sauk Prairie Middle School, attended. Attendees were selected on the local level, based on entries they submitted in one of four categories – poetry, personal narrative, persuasive writing, and creative writing. Each student received a copy of an anthology, which contained all of the winning entries At the workshop, students were treated to a keynote address by Kay Elmsley Weeden, a bilingual storyteller, who has a unique connection to Sauk Prairie. She spoke about moving from England to Prairie du Sac when she was in third grade, and how important her third grade teacher had been to her. Kay not only entertained with the stories she shared, but also imparted wisdom to the students in attendance. The keynote presentation was followed by small group breakout sessions, led by volunteers from the participating school districts. During the small group sessions, students worked on advancing their writing skills. Facilitators from Sauk Prairie, who helped lead small group sessions, were Julie Breunig, Gifted and Talented Department Resource Specialist, and Kathy Bruno, Gifted and Talented Department Support Teacher. Julie and Kathy led a fifth and sixth grade poetry group composed of students from all of the participating school districts. Following the small group activities, the students again assembled in the theater for a wrap-up presentation by Ms Elmsley Weeden. Pictured are students who attended the workshop: Grand Avenue School: Bryce Ballweg, Brayden Birkett, Vanessa Palmer, Charlie Adler, Naylah Santiago Rodriguez, Evelyn Olson, Evelyn Bahe, Kaitlynn Lins, Annelie Smith, Kendalyn Brickl, Mallory Harwig, Liesl Judge, Riley Kerl, Abigail de la Cruz, and Breileigh Brickl Tower Rock School: Kylie Hutchins Merrimac Community Charter School: Finn Abernathy and Acacia Lemmer Engelking Sauk Prairie Middle School: Mikayla Millard, Sebastien Friou, Hannah Stephan, Mya Taylor, Reese Grinstead, Andy Fiske.

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