Northeast Iowa Reading Council Writing Contest & the Iowa Reading Association State Writing Contest

North Fayette Valley High School is proud to announce four winners of both the Northeast Iowa Reading Council Writing Contest & the Iowa Reading Association State Writing Contest. Miranda Johansen, Weller Clark, Baylie Shrubb, and Makenna VanSickle were all first place winners for their grade at the Northeast Iowa Reading Council Creative Writing Contest, allowing their entries to move on to state competition.

Miranda Johansen was a first place winner in the Iowa Reading Association’s Creative Writing Contest.  Miranda wrote an original short story titled “Suds and Scratch Marks.” Miranda was sponsored by her teacher Kelli Kovarik.

Weller Clark was a second place winner in the Iowa Reading Association’s Creative Writing Contest.  Weller wrote an original poem titled “All to Ashes.” Weller was sponsored by his teacher Kari Straube.

Baylie Shrubb was a second winner in the Iowa Reading Association’s Creative Writing Contest.  Baylie wrote an original poem titled “The Reality of Life.” Baylie was sponsored by her teacher Kari Straube.

Makenna VanSickle was a third place winner in the Iowa Reading Association’s Creative Writing Contest.  Makenna wrote an original poem titled “What Are You Gonna Find?”.  Makenna was sponsored by her teacher Kelli Kovarik.

Students from across Iowa submitted their original compositions to the contest to be judged through their local reading councils.  These students represented the Northeast Iowa Reading Council which had several state place-winners from area schools. Winners have received a letter of congratulations and a certificate honoring their accomplishments.

Normally the 1st place winners from each grade level, K-12, are recognized at the June conference each summer. However, due to health concerns relating to large group gatherings with the Corona virus, the Iowa Reading Association Summer Conference in Ames, Iowa, has been canceled. For more information on the Iowa Reading Association or the Creative Writing Contest (short stories and poetry), visit www.iowareading.org.