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Kansas Book Festival's Youth Writing Contest Winners

KS Book Festival 2019

Three USD 232 siblings won awards in the statewide Kansas Book Festival's Youth Writing Contest.

Zach Wieland, 4th grader at Prairie Ridge Elementary, Maggie Wieland, 7th grader at Monticello Trails Middle School and Ben Wieland, 11th grader at Mill Valley High School all wrote essays last spring for the 2019 Contest.  All three finished in the top two of the 3rd Congressional District and were honored in the Senate chambers at the Kansas State Capitol on September 14.

Zach finished first in the elementary school division winning $100.  Maggie finished second in the middle school division winning $125.  Ben finished second in the high school division winning $250.  Only two essays are chosen in each congressional district, in each division.

All selected essays will be compiled into a book with each winner receiving a copy.

The Kansas Book Festival aims to promote literacy and to encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.

The 2019 Theme was “To the Stars”. Students described an event from our state’s long and rich history.  They then explained what Kansans of today can learn from the event and how it can help our state to move forward. Open to Kansas students in grades 3-12. Winners are divided by the four Congressional Districts.

Children in grades 3-12 are eligible to enter to win cash prizes with the contest running from January through April 30 of each year.