A Collection of Writings is published and now available!
This softbound book comprises all works submitted by Viking authors in grades 2-6 as part of the inaugural Young Authors' Writing Contest 2017-18. Content includes stories, essays, chapters of larger works, tall tales, poems, student artwork, and even a restaurant review.
The contest was made possible by the "Order of the Bibliophiles" here at OV, and was started by Jazmine Bowman, Jolanda Ponce, MaKenna Pierce, and Victoria Roalef. The "OOTB" is notable for their deep appreciation for story, and their belief that everyone can and should write. Their motto, "Someone needs your story," is empowering, sensitive, and truthful in ways most would-be authors have not considered.
The OOTB has a growing understanding of the tools and skills that help the writing and publishing processes, thanks in part to a visit earlier in the school year by Maggie Shayne, an OV alumna and award winning, bestselling author. Shayne has published more than 60 novels with several major publishers, and has now launched her own company, Thunderfoot Publishing. In a presentation to interested Viking authors and would-be authors, she generously shared ideas about plot, publishing, and the creative process. It worked!
Books are $2.00 (cash or check made out to the OVCS HS Book Club) and are available in the library. For more information, contact Mrs. Hammer: 315-653-7218, ext. 5128; JHammer@ovcs.org.
Plans are underway to publish a collection of writings by students in grades 7-12 next year, when we hope to have more entries at that level.
Congratulations to the winners of the first-ever Young Authors' Writing Contest at Otselic Valley Central School:
Lidell, Kaidence – 1st place
Loomis, Ellie – 2nd place
Davis, Danica – 3rd place
Marshall, Mindy – 1st place
Cruikshank, Kassidie and Miron-Blanco, Kimberly – 2nd place
Craw, Waylon, Doroshenko, Alex and Marvin III, Zane – 3rd place
Beeman, Addison – 1st place
Gonzalez, Alisa – 2nd place
Guernsey, Josie – 3rd place
Golden, Carlie – 1st place
Bell, Shianne = 2nd place
Kenyon, Katie – 3rd place
Learned, Alexis – 1st place
Ramsay, Sophia – 2nd place
Lyon, Susannah – 3rd place
Palmer, Gabrielle- 1st place
Button, Juston – 2nd place
Bartlett, Kailey – 3rd place