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Young regional writers win awards

SWWC Service Cooperative hosts virtual ceremony

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MARSHALL — The SWWC Service Cooperative recently hosted a virtual Creative Writing Awards Ceremony to honor winning students and writings.

Students in third through 12th grade entered the Creative Writing Contest in one or more of the

categories; poetry, fiction and nonfiction. There were 162 entries received from 110

students. The winning entries were published in an anthology for each student to have.

All winning students received a medal and an anthology. In addition, first-place winners in each

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category and grade level received a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Three students were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Southwest Minnesota State University for being in first place — Jaden Scholl from Westbrook, Elizabeth Wiggins from Walnut

Grove and Alisha Wong of Farmington.

The school award with the most winners went to Mountain Lake Christian School. Individuals winning awards from the region were:

Poetry (grades 3-4): Norah Siebert, Mountain Lake, second place; Teo Winger, Mountain Lake, third place. Poetry (grades 5-6): Royalie Siedschlag, Slayton, first place; Addy Dierks, Slayton, second place. Poetry (grades 7-8): Kelsey Hinkeldey, Windom, second place. Poetry (grades 11-12): Jaden Scholl, Westbrook, first place and second place. Fiction (grades 3-4): Brekyn Klarenbeek, Hills, first place; Ryker Gehrke, Beaver Creek, second place; Penni Moore, Hills, third place. Fiction (grades 7-8): Keirra DeBoer, Edgerton, second place. Fiction (grades 9-10): Mercedes Myers, Jeffers, first place; Elizabeth Lenning, Lamberon, second place; Alyssa Cowan, Storden, third place. Fiction (grades 11-12): Elizabeth Wiggins, Walnut Grove, first place. Nonfiction (grades 5-6): Addy Dierks, Slayton, first place; Alexander Betz, Avoca, third place. Nonfiction (grades 7-8): Mazzi Moore, Hills, first place. Nonfiction (grades 11-12): Kate Janzen, Jackson, second place.

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