Young Authors winners named

Young Authors winners named

The District 64 School Board on Thursday recognized 11 students who were named winners of this year's Young Authors Contest.

The District-level winners of our annual creative writing competition were selected from a pool of talented school winners at every grade level. Some students wrote and illustrated an original short story independently at home; a few others teamed up in pairs. This year, 383 budding writers participated in our Young Authors competition, which is organized by District 64 English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Meghan Keefer. 

The 2021 outstanding Young Authors and the titles of their works are:

  • Kindergarten: Field students Bronson Meza and Keegan Moran - “The Treasure Hunt”
  • 1st Grade: Field student Noelle Butchko - “The Four Unicorn Seasons”
  • 2nd Grade: Washington student Kayleigh McInerney - “An Arctic Adventure”
  • 3rd Grade: Field student Reese Coogan - “The Secret Society Mission”
  • 4th Grade: Roosevelt students Grace Cronin - “Amy Shoots High”
  • 5th Grade: Franklin student Annie Bowles - “Blast from the Past”
  • 6th Grade - Emerson student Nevena Vukovic - “Wildlife Empire” 
  • 7th Grade: Emerson student Avery Lamplota - “Traveling Circus”
  • 8th Grade: Lincoln students Elizabeth Bordini and Charlotte Chapman - “Down to Earth”

District 64 winners typically are invited to attend the annual Illinois Young Authors’ Conference. Unfortunately, the conference will not be held this year due to the pandemic. In lieu of sharing their manuscript with other young authors at that event, the authors have granted permission for their manuscripts to be shared with our D64 community via the newsletter and website. In addition, they will each be surprised with a special lawn sign so their communities can celebrate the creative writing accomplishments.