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REN Hosts MindSprouts Creative Writing Showcase

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  Original Published: 5/24/2013

The Renaissance Education Department hosted its second annual Mindsprouts Creative Writing Showcase Thursday evening.

This year's theme was "Up In The Air:  Clouds, Creatures and Colors."

Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney said over 110 students from Richland County submitted works that were presented on stage.

"The contest was designed over a year ago to encourage young people in grades kindergarten through 12th in Richland County toward expressing themselves creatively through writing," Maloney said.

"The students submitted short stories, poems and plays which we then transfer into a reader's theatre style performance," Maloney said.

All the submissions were juried by a team of local educators and passed on for final judging to Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas.

Thomas is a prolific playwright and actor, a former member of Chicago's famed Second City comedt troupe, and has written for major motion pictures and television, including Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and Moonrise Kingdom, among many others.

Finalists include:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Submissions:

  • Zoe Daniels, 1st grade, St. Peter's: "A Friend"
  • Gabriella Nguyen, 1st grade, St. Peter's: "A Rainbow in the Sky"
  • Adriana Bautz, 2nd grade, St. Mary's School Mansfield: "The Unkoalalike Koala"

Grades 3-5 Submissions:

  • Brianna Ford, 3rd grade, Madison South: "Up in the Air
  • Liam Cummins, 3rd grade, Home School: "To Fly"
  • Julia Rizzo, 4th grade, St. Peter's: "Yellow"
  • Maggie Allred, 5th grade, St. Peter's: "Papely and the Magical Rainbow"
  • Treasure Jones, 5th grade, St. Mary's School Mansfield: "Dream Big"

Grades 6-8 Submissions:

  • Faith Gosser, 6th grade, St. Mary's Shelby: "The Magical Bubble"
  • Maggie Wright, 6th grade, St. Peter's: "What is Blue"
  • Anna Dannemiller, 7th grade, St. Mary's Shleby: "Oh! How I Miss You, Dear Gravity!"
  • Ethan Eidt, 7th grade, St. Mary's Shelby: "A Typical Day (If You're Superman)

Grades 9-12:

  • Rachel Brumenschenkel, 11th grade, Shelby High School: "The Artist"

 Maloney said the Renaissance plans to open up the program to other counties next year.

 For more information about the Mindsprouts Creative Writing Program or any Renaissance education programs, contact Education Director Chelsie Thompson at 419-522-2726 ext. 251.

   
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