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Student story earns third place in statewide contest

Student writing contest winnerKimberly Beans, a third grader at Hartford Avenue University School, is the proud recipient of a third-place trophy for her entry in the Mary Jo Nettesheim Memorial Literary and Illustrator Competition. Sponsored by Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) International Society for Women Educators, the annual competition is open to students in grades 3 through 12 throughout Wisconsin.

Kimberly wrote and illustrated her story, The Ice Cream Cone, which was submitted by her teacher. She accepted her award this spring at the Sigma State Convention of DKG in Madison. Hartford Avenue School also held a celebration to honor Kimberly’s success and congratulate four fifth-grade students who also entered:

  • Three Diverse Besties by Ahmiyah A. Stribling-Walker
  • The Boo Land Adventure by Fabian Deggins
  • Mean Girls by Miracle Childs-Henning
  • All About Candy by Keara Torres

Student writing contest winnerThe students were inspired to enter their stories by Hartford Avenue music teacher Anne Benthein, who is a member of DKG. Her colleague and co-member Sandra Ruesink, a retired MPS teacher, volunteered her time to help coach the students’ work.

Kimberly is the first MPS student to win an award in the contest

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