District 289 recognizes this year’s Young Authors

Left photo - This year’s selected Young Authors representing Northbrook School, left to right, front row, are Gracie Botts, LeAnn Oleson, Dessa Komitas, Gresy Patel; back row, Angel Botello, Emma Clark, Jamie Dooley, and Talya Schwaegerman. (Reporter photos by Jennifer Sommer)

Right photo - Young Authors selected at Lincoln School, left to right, front row, are Caden King, Samuel Arteaga; middle row, Hayden Cunefare, Karlee Organ; back row, Daniel Pierce, and Drew Becker.

MENDOTA – Several students from Lincoln and Northbrook Schools have been selected to attend the Young Author Celebration, May 2 at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica with other students from the Starved Rock Reading Council area. The selected students submitted a poem, book or short story that was then chosen by a committee.

The winners, in grades K-8, will hear presentations by award winning authors Keir Graff, Jacob Grant, and Mike Grosso, and received an autographed book and certificate of participation.

District 289 winners were: 2nd graders Caden King and Samuel Arteaga, 3rd graders Hayden Cunefare and Karlee Organ, 4th graders Daniel Pierce and Drew Becker, 5th graders Gracie Botts and LeAnn Oleson, 6th graders Dessa Komitas and Gresy Patel, 7th graders Angel Botello and Emma Clark, 8th graders Jamie Dooley and Talya Schwaegerman.