Seven students will be honored as winners of the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books Century Fence Student Essay Contest at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.
The Festival of Books, a free communitywide event organized by the UW-Waukesha Foundation, promotes creativity and literacy by supporting local and national authors. It will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at UW-Waukesha.
First place in the high school division will be awarded to Callie Lindemeyer, Kettle Moraine High School, $250; second place, Lakeisha Allen, Waukesha South High School, $175; third place, tie, Andy Behling, Kettle Moraine High School, $75, and Catherine Chapman, Waukesha South High School, $75.
First place in the middle school division will be awarded to Lucy Chapman, Waukesha Horning Middle School, $250; second place, Beatrice Rasmussen, Whitefish Bay Middle School, $175; third place, Valerie Perkins, Waukesha Horning Middle School, $75.
The Century Fence Student Essay Contest is sponsored by Century Fence Co. to increase the involvement of young people in the Festival. Eighty students entered the contest, which required them to write original essay based on the theme, "To Books and Beyond: Literacy Without Limits." They were asked to describe how reading has taken them beyond their world with specific details about how their limits have been expanded through books.
Judges for the contest were Festival of Books Co-chairman David Hackbarth, retired Menomonee Falls school district teacher Reathy Hackbarth, Waukesha County Supervisor Larry Nelson, UW-Waukesha emerita English Professor Margaret Rozga, UW-Waukesha Library Director Scot Silet, and UW-Waukesha Media Coordinator Denise Spleas. The students will be awarded prizes at the keynote event. The first-place winners in the high school and middle school categories will read their essays at the festival at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
Information on the festival and participating authors, publishers and book sellers can be found at www.sewibookfest.com.
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