Brittney Burns – Staff Writer
It was standing room only in the Macon County Board of Education meeting room on Monday night, as the board recognized the 2016-17 local and state Young Authors Project winners. The Young Author Project is sponsored by Western Mountains Reading Council. The year’s theme was “Step Outside: Writing About the Natural World. ” John Brooks, a 10th grade student in Mrs. McIntyre-Ross’ classroom at Highlands School received the distinction of being designated as a Judge’s Choice by the North Carolina Reading Association at the state level.
The local and state winners are invited to attend the Western Mountain Reading Council’s local Young Author’s Celebration in March. In addition, the state winners are invited to the state YA celebration, which will be held Saturday, March 18, at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Local winners: Alexa Vannucci, 5th grade; Emma Yuzzi, 5th grade; Maylee Anderson, 6th grade; Callie Roper, 6th grade; Luke VanHook, 6th grade; Grace Crowe, 10th grade, Highlands School.
State Winners: Marley Dillard, 2nd grade, East Franklin Elementary School; Lydia Kennedy, 2nd grade Cartoogechaye Elementary; Cohen Libasci, 4th grade, East Franklin Elementary; Vincent Walker, 4th grade, East Franklin Elementary; Finley Dalrymple, 5th grade Mountain View Intermediate School; Valerie Fizer, 5th grade, Mountain View Intermediate School; Jacob Sellers, 5th grade, Mountain View Intermediate School; Tori Ensley, 6th grade, Mountain View Intermediate; Taylor Moss, 6th grade, Mountain View Intermediate; Mattson Gates, 10th grade, Highlands School; Abby Olvera, 10th grade, Highlands School; Sydney Giaquinto, 10th grade, Franklin High School; Angela Pickens, teacher, Cartoogechaye Elementary School.
Photo by Bobby Coggins