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On March 5 and 6, budding authors in the elementary and the high school attended the Young Writer’s Conference held on the campus of William Penn University and hosted by the Great Prairie Area Education Agency. To attend, students wrote their own original piece to share at the conference. Students attended a variety of sessions on topics such as calligraphy, descriptive writing, and acting. The keynote speakers included former North Mahaska teacher Mary Jane Sullivan, who co-authored “Mahaska Mammoth: Woolly Dreams”. The speakers presented a fascinating inside peek for what it takes to write and publish a book. Thanks to Mrs. Judy Caves, Mrs. Shawna Goemaat, Mrs. Kate Hite, and Mrs. Amy Terpstra for accompanying NM students. Look for these students’ names on a future best sellers’ list!

Secondary students attending:
Back row (l to r): Alijah Romick, Austyn Fisher, Isaiah Vertz, Will Goemaat, and Brianna Gragg
Front row (l to r): Morgan Criswell, Madison Gardner, Amelia Dahm and Ashlynn Playle

Elementary students attending:
Front – Addison Terpstra, Sydney Strong
Middle Front – Ryan Spray, Lilly Briggs, Kinsley Denburger, Rylan Spray, William Cox
Middle Back – Mrs. Caves, Claire Nelson, Riley Doonan, Chris Long, Mathis Fowler
Back – Kendra Wallace, Odiya Menifee, Sam VanWeelden, Nataliya Linder, Mrs. Terpstra, Austin Acton