Education briefs for May 14

Area students do well in Creating Spaces writing contest

Students from area schools participated in the 10th annual Creating Spaces writing contest. Brochures were sent to all schools last fall inviting students in grades 3-12 to participate in the writing contest.

Categories included fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Submissions were due Jan. 17, and all entries were registered by the SW/WC Service Cooperative. More than 160 students submitted 250 entries. Students from Southwest Minnesota State University’s creative writing program handled the preliminary judging. Final judging was done by published authors: poetry – Marianne Murphy Zarzana, fiction – Steve Pacheco, and nonfiction – Jim Zarzana, all of SMSU.

The finalists, their families and teachers were invited to the Creative Writing contest awards ceremony April 27 at SMSU. The keynote speaker was Saara Myrene Raappana, a poet from Michigan. Medals were awarded to all students, along with an anthology of the winning entries. First-place winners in all categories and grade levels were given $20 gift certificates to First-place winners in the 11th-12th grade level also received a $2,000 scholarship to SMSU.

Area winners were:

3rd place – Poetry 7-8 Rachel Engels, Ivanhoe; 11-12 Emily Clarke, Ivanhoe.

3rd place – Fiction: 11-12, Rose Schmit, Marshall.

3rd place – Nonfiction, 3-4, Brooke Moorse, Minneota; 5-6, Justin Clarke, Slayton; 7-8, Michelle Cunningham, Marshall.

2nd place – Poetry: 5-8, Dalton DeYonge, Slayton;7-8, Cora Engels, Ivanhoe; 9-10, Maryan Osman, Marshall; 11-12, Emily Clarke, Ivanhoe.

2nd place – Fiction: 5-6, Madison Hinz, Granite Falls; 9-10, Skilyn Morris, Dawson.

2nd place – Nonfiction: 3-4, Natalee Rolbiecki, Minneota; 5-6, Taylor Hammer, Slayton; 9-10, Maryan Osman, Marshall; 11-12, Emily Clarke, Ivanhoe.

First-place winners – $20 gift certificate to

1st place – Poetry: 5-6 Kyler Deacon, Slayton; 9-10, Maryan Osman, Marshall.

1st place – Fiction: 3-4, Alyssa Engels, Ivanhoe; 5-6, Melissa Snyder, Porter; 7-8, Taryn Bedow, Tyler; 9-10, Emma Smisek, Marshall.

1st place – Nonfiction: 3-4, Laney Myhre, Minneota; 5-6, Abby Hamman, Slayton; 11-12, Emily Clarke, Ivanhoe.

1st place 11-12 grade – $2,000 scholarship

Emily Clarke, Ivanhoe.

School awards for most place finishers – Hutchinson and MCC.

MACS to celebrate graduations Thursday

Marshall Area Christian School will have a graduation ceremony for its eighth-grade students at 7 p.m. Thursday at the MACS gymnasium, 601 E. College Drive. The graduates are: Lee Anderson, Jonah Bader, Johanna Christensen, Bailee Deutz, Marah Hart, Olivia Knochenmus, Hannah Meier, Jett Skrien, and Mary Sundquist. The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremony with refreshments to follow.

MACS will also celebrate its kindergarten class at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the school gymnasium. Cindy Nelson’s kindergarten class includes Brody Blomberg, Caleb Bottelberghe, Trinity Brownlee, Carson Eisfeld, Sam Foster, Willow Hoff, Eli Starkenburg, Josiah Thoreson, and Ariela VanLerberghe.