By Kim McDarison
Six of 19 Edgerton School District students in grades 3-8, all of whom will have their works published in this year’s Southern Lakes Anthology, were presented to members of the Edgerton Board of Education by gifted and talented teacher Sheila Fox during the board’s regular meeting held last night (May 8).
Sponsored annually by the Southern Lakes Advanced Learner Network, Fox said, the process begins in November when the network’s annual theme is shared with teachers and students, with students then creating works in the areas of poetry, prose, illustrated writing, cartoons and art. This year’s theme was “Action!” she said.
Each district participating within the Southern Lakes region can make up to 24 entries, Fox said. In Edgerton, the district’s five- or six-member judging committee is typically asked to choose from about 100 pieces. The 24 selections are then entered into the regional competition, which took place this anthology season at the Evergreen Golf Course in Elkhorn on January 24.
At the regional competition in Elkhorn, Fox said, teachers bringing students’ entries were directed to what she described as a huge room, with four tables of judges per genre, and four judges per table. Of the 24 pieces submitted by the Edgerton School District, Fox said, 19 were selected for inclusion within the publication, which, she said, represented the largest number of entries to be included within a single year from Edgerton School District students.
A further honor came, Fox said, when Edgerton Middle School student Grace Millard was selected to read her poem, “Past, Present, Future,” as the seventh-grade representative within her chosen category at the regional reception to be held at UW-Whitewater on May 24. Each student published is invited to the reception and will receive a copy of the anthology, Fox said.
Annual Southern Lakes Anthology creative writing and drawing Edgerton School District regional competition winners in attendance during last night school board meeting (May 8) include Nathan Crouch (from left), Ian Raymond, Brice Schwanke, Sadie Schaffner, Audreana Conant, and Lexi Schultz. The students were introduced by district Gifted and Talented Teacher Sheila Fox who read many of the students’ works out loud. While six students were able to attend last night’s school board meeting, work created by 19 Edgerton School District students was chosen for publication in this year’s regional anthology, which, Fox said, represented the largest number of Edgerton students recognized for that honor within a single year. (Kim McDarison photo.)
Third-grade anthology competition winner Sadie Schaffner (left) reads aloud her poem: “Horseback Riding with Cora.” Fourth-grade winner Ian Raymond (middle) reads his poem: “Game Changer.” Fourth-grade regional winner, Emma Wilson (at right, standing left), listens as Fox (standing, right) reads aloud her story: “The Audition.”
Fifth-grade competition winners, including: Brice Schwanke (left) and Audreana Conant (at right, standing, middle) listen as Fox reads aloud their works, “The Hunt,” and “Music,” respectively. Lacey Christophersen (not pictured), with winning poem: “Good Enough,” was unable to attend the meeting.
Fox (right) displays winning artwork, “Pour,” made by seventh-grade student Andrew Ellingworth who was unable to attend. Eighth-grade student Nathan Crouch (at right) watches as Fox displays the illustration depicting his written work: “The Hit of Ages.” Both components were part of his winning illustrated writing entry.
Seventh-grade winners unable to attend, include: Elizabeth Baron, with a poem called: “Determined,” Kylie Cornett, with artwork called: “Nature” (pictured, submitted photo), and Grace Millard.
Eighth-grader Lexi Schultz presents her winning artwork: “Lights! Camera!” (top, left), Eighth-grade winners unable to attend include: MacKenzie Geary, with prose called: “To Be Able To Take Charge,” Zoe Cross, with a poem called: “(Don’t) Ignore This,” MaeAnne Stockel, with prose called: “Forever Changed,” Wesley Salimes, with artwork called: “Make Music” (top, right) Jacob Anderson, with a cartoon called: “Knights of Today” (bottom, left), Ashley Kosmicki, with artwork called: “Small Things Can Make a Big Difference” (bottom, right), and Ella Millard, with a poem called: “Gleeful Hearts.” (Student illustrations, submitted photos.)
(Those photos not submitted by Kim McDarison)