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Writing pays off for Addison District 4 students

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 2:15 p.m. CDT
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Addison Elementary School District 4 Board of Education member Taso Triantafillos (back, from left) and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Donna Haney reward District 4 writing-contest winners McKenna Gayon (front, from left), Yuliana Macias, Miguel Diaz and Asraar Ahmed with laptops at a Board of Education meeting May 28.

ADDISON – The Addison Elementary School District 4 Board of Education recognized winners of a student writing contest May 28 at Addison Village Hall.

Board member Taso Triantafillos thought of the contest for District 4 students in grades five through eight during conversations he had with Fullerton School first-grade teacher Donna Infantino, according to a District 4 news release.

While discussing ways to get students excited about writing, they developed the plan to present the writing contest, with a “Who is your hero?” theme. Student assemblies were held to introduce the program to the students by discussing the theme and schedule that had been established for the contest, the release stated.

In early April, teachers began offering before-school, lunchtime and after-school opportunities for students to receive editing suggestions from teachers and peers. All fifth-grade students participated in the contest, and about 20 students from each grade level at Indian Trail Junior High also submitted contest entries, according to the release.

The third-place winners – fifth-grader Jessica Krause from Stone School, sixth-grader Kevin Armendariz, seventh-grader Chris Vionea and eighth-grader Anahi Alcateur – each received an Amazon gift certificate.

Second-place winners were fifth-grader Ruwaida Khadeer from Stone School, sixth-grader Aiden O’Donnell, seventh-grader Ilivie Karafili and eighth-grader Angela Addante, who were each awarded a Kindle reader, provided by two anonymous donors, and an Amazon gift certificate.

The first-place winners – Fullerton School fifth-grader Miguel Dias, sixth-grader Yuliana Macias, seventh-grader McKenna Gayon and eighth-grader Asraar Ahmed – were presented with laptop computers, donated by Triantafillos, the release stated.

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