Phoenix, Ariz. – April 10, 2010 — Eight's Educational Outreach division-ASSET and Qwest Foundation announced the winners of the Qwest Storymakers Middle School Writing Contest today at an awards ceremony and author workshop/lecture held at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. The event included a lecture presented by Terri Fields, a former Arizona Teacher of the Year and author of children's and young adult books including, Danger in the Desert, Counting Arizona's Treasures, After the Death of Anna Gonzales, Burro's Tortillas, My Father’s Son and Holdup.
Eight received more than 1,400 entries for the contest from students across
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The winning students and stories include:
First Place - Non-Fiction: Jana Foehle, 6th grade, Mountainside Elementary School, Scottsdale — My Tooth Story
Gabriela B., 7th grade, Sonoran Tradash; Change of Fate
Valerie Portolano, 8th grade, Fountain Hills Unified, Fountain Hills — White Walls of Misery
First Place - Fiction: Anthony Mirabito, 6th grade, Neely Elementary School, Gilbert — Ransack Revenge
Tessa Reinhart, 7th grade, Altadena Middle School, Phoenix — Dare to Care
Delilah Cassidy, 8th grade, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Casa Grande — Color War
- Poetry: Julia Luzi, 6th grade, Pinnacle Peak Elementary,
Daria Earley, 7th grade, Canyon Ridge, Surprise —
Rachel Beglin, 8th grade,
The prizes - Netbook laptops - were donated by Qwest Pioneers Arizona Chapter, in honor of a bequest from Pioneer Frieda Graham.
All of the winning stories are available online at: www.azpbs.org/storymakers.
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