Twelve sixth-graders from Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb were recognized and awarded certificates and ribbons from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Alpha Sigma Chapter. The students’ writings were chosen to be showcased at the Annual Lambda State (Illinois) Convention in Springfield through the DKG ‘Literary Arts Recognition Program' in April.
The student writers were Lucio Bennardo, Emily Cho, Kaelynn Clark, Aspen Hodgen, Jada Paige, Liam Pitney, Jacob Radtke, Madison Ross, Tyler Sessler, Chris Spielman, Jacob Tatroe and Holly Young.
Judy Culver, president of the Alpha Sigma Chapter, explained that many sixth graders submitted works, and the chapter’s Women in the Arts committee selected the best pieces to be displayed at the convention.
“These poems and stories are wonderful, and I am really excited and proud for these students," Culver said in a news release. "Good writing should always be encouraged, and I’m glad that DKG has provided the opportunity for the students and their writings to be recognized.”
On May 8, Culver and CRMS sixth-grade teachers Lori Hintzsche and Aimee Lievengood presented the DKG certificates and ribbons to the students.
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a worldwide women’s educators organization. The purposes of its Student Literary Arts Recognition Program are to encourage creative writing among young Illinois students, to encourage poetry and short story writing and to encourage the development of communication skills.