By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Magic pencils and monsters and alien invaders…oh my, the things that populate young imaginations, incredible things that might be forgotten with time were it not for that extra spark of creativity that drives some of them to write these flights of fancy down.
Friday, May 20, the Madison School District’s Creative Writing Awards recognized 30 students from Greenville Elementary (GES), Pinetta Elementary (PES), Lee Elementary (LES) and Madison Central (MCCS), who excelled at putting their dreams and visions into words on paper. “All of you are here today because you’ve put forth that extra effort,” said School Superintendent Lou Miller, who announced the medal winners for Kindergarten through eighth grade, then the three top winners for divisions Kindergarten through second grade, third though fifth grade, and sixth through eighth grade.
In Kindergarten, the gold medal went to Aneshy’a Mitchell (GES); silver, Mason Good (PES); bronze, Bethni Stalnaker (MCCS) and Joshua Watts (LES).
First grade: gold, Shelby Shipley (PES); silver, Justin Moseley (GES); bronze, Eli Bull (MCCS) and Gabe Pitts (LES).
Second grade: gold, Matthew Gassler (MCCS); silver, Savannah Pitts (LES); bronze, Alesha McCulley (PES) and Skylyn Haire (GES).
Third grade: gold, Caitlyn Jordan (LES); silver, Jocelyn Davis (GES); bronze, Ellie Cherry (PES) and Mareshah Johnson (MCCS).
Fourth grade: gold, Quinn Lee (GES); silver, Gage Washington (PES); bronze, Joycelynn Ford (MCCS) and Caleb Watts (LES).
Fifth grade: gold, Jakiera McNair (MCCS); silver, Jamorris Collins (GES); bronze, Jacob Curtis (LES) and Eric Rykard (PES).
Sixth grade: gold, Tyler Burnett; silver, Joshua Bradley.
Seventh grade: gold, Tony Wooten; silver, Jessica Ross.
Eighth grade: gold, Anna Robinson; silver, Talena Voss.
In the overall divisions, Shelby Shipley took top honor for Kindergarten through second grade, with her story of a magical but evil princess in “The Princess and the Pig.” “Ruby,” a tale of a flying horse owned by a fairy, brought Caitlyn Jordan the top spot in the third through fifth grade division, and Officer Ronald finally gets his man – or woman, as the case may be – in Anna Robinson’s “The Magic Key.” A modern/medieval tale of time travel and treachery, it made Robinson the winner for the sixth through eighth grade division.