NEIRC contest winners announced


NEIRC contest winners announced

By: Heather V

            The NEIRC, Northeast Iowa Reading Council, recently held a writing and poetry contest. Three Valley elementary students were contest winners. Sophie Leucke won the second grade writing contest with a piece called “Santa’s Stuck.” Jessie Thompson was the sixth grade writing contest winner with a piece called “Abandoned House.” Cole Spain was the fourth grade poetry winner with a piece called “Turkey.”

            The writing winners were judged on continuity, creativity and originality, clearly defined and developed story elements, and technical mechanics. The poetry winners were judged on interest stimulated, response evoked, creativity and originality, conciseness of vocabulary, creating an image, rhythm, and spelling and appearance.

The contest winners were honored at a banquet held at Johnson’s reception hall in Elkader, Iowa. All the winning pieces were read aloud at the banquet, either by the writer or a representative for the writer. The MFL Mar-Mac speech participants were the entertainment for the banquet.  

Students from all over the area entered the contest, from New Hampton to Oelwein, to Guttenburg. The NEIRC includes a wide area, with many different schools. The NEIRC winners are sent to the state, and this year NEIRC had two state winners. Both winners were from Decorah, one was a poetry winner and the other was a writing winner.