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Writing Contest Winners

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to announce the winners of our “Youth” Writing Contest:

Jessica and Jamie

First place: The Young Elephant
by Jessica Millard, sixth grade
with great friend Jamie.
[read the winning story!]

Brooke with parents

Second place: The Legend of the Elephant Foot Tree
by Brooke Stalker, fifth grade with parents.

Third place: The Tiny Elephant by Mary Margaret Przybylski, fifth grade  (photo not available)

Our thanks to all participants who took the time to stretch their imagination to craft some very creative stories. Many thanks as well to our judge, retired Grand Blanc teacher, Charlee Litten, who helped solidify the criteria for the contest and had the difficult task selecting the winning stories. Charlee based her decisions on the composition and that story was in keeping with the “spirit” of The Commons Nature Preserve: a place to be cherished, protected and appreciated.

The original announcement of the contest described a tree with an unblemished straight trunk and attractive branching crown at The Grand Blanc Commons Nature Preserve. The base of the tree trunk looks quite like the foot of an elephant (see photo), so we thought it would be fun to challenge students with a contest for the best story crafted about the elephant tree and how it came to be.

It was apparent that authors of all entries spent considerable time, creativity and thought composing their story which were all quite creative and entertaining. 

Louise Dawson

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