ALTON – More than 190 Alton School District students gathered at East Elementary School on Thursday night to show their pride in authorship. Students participating in the district’s Young Authors’ Competition showcased books they wrote and illustrated as a part of the event.
Students began working on their books in the months prior to the event with the support of teachers. For students, it is a chance to stretch their creativity while learning key components to being good writers, storytellers and editors.
To the delight of a gym packed full of parents, teachers introduced students and the clever titles of their books, with many drawing laughter. Book themes ranged in topics including mysteries, “how to” guides, humor and thrillers.
Seven students were selected to advance to the Illinois Young Authors’ Competition in Bloomington later this spring. Abigail Jones, Victor Humphrey, Devin Sadler, Olivia Malenic, Isabella Hall, Emily Geisen and Darcie Flanigan will represent the district at the state competition.
According to Devin Sadler, a third-grade student at East Elementary, the process took some effort but was rewarding in the end.
“It’s nice that my book was recognized,” Sadler said. “It’s hard work but worth it.”
Another state-bound student, Darcie Flanigan from Lewis and Clark Elementary, shared that writing her book allowed her to do what she enjoys most.
“I like being creative and my Young Authors’ book let me do that again this year.”
The evening concluded with students receiving certificates and trophies in addition to the recognition in front of their families and peers.