Plainfield School District Students Excel in Library Short Story Contest

The finale for the contest was Saturday, March 1.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

Submitted by District 202:

District 202 students earned eight of the nine top prizes in the Plainfield Public Library’s annual Short Story Competition.

The Short Story Competition is open to third through fifth grade students. The young authors had to write an original story in 500 to 600 words.

The Plainfield Public Library held a finale on Saturday, March 1, for all competition participants.

Young Adult author and Central Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Laura Meagher, author of “The Acorn Mysteries” series spoke at the event. Plainfield Public Library staff judged the event.

Heritage Grove Middle School eighth-grader and published author Ravina Thakkar also appeared. Thakkar won several prizes herself in the short story contest when she was in elementary school.

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The winning District 202 students, and their stories, are:

Third Grade:

  • 1st - Lillian Foreman - Lakewood Falls (Bus Boy)
  • 2nd - Ocean Ramirez - Liberty (Not Your Ordinary Breakfast)
  • 3rd - Emma Bills - Lakewood Falls (My Fabulous Breakfast)

Fourth Grade:

  • 2nd - Xavier Roman - Central (Big Leagues Little Kid)
  • 3rd - Samantha Bowser - Lincoln (The Adventures of Isabella Grace, Reluctant Princess)

Fifth Grade:

  • 1st - Alexa Lowell - Lincoln (Tracks)
  • 2nd - Emma Darbro - Central (The Sunken Diary)
  • 3rd - Lindsey McCoy - Liberty (Thief)

The winners shared lunch with the authors after the event. Booklets with the winning submissions as well as the names of all the students who participated in this year’s competition are available at the Plainfield Public Library.


Jim W March 09, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Plainfield's own, Mrs. Meagher is an inspiration to all of our young writers. I deeply regret that I was not fortunate enough to have any of my children in her class.


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