2 Medina middle schoolers win writing awards

Posted 11 March 2021 at 2:59 pm

Photo from Medina Central School: Pictured from left include Sofia Lopez, teacher Leah Gates and Natalia Olsen.

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – Two sixth grade students at Medina’s Clifford Wise Intermediate School have won awards for writing from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Aurora Women’s Club.

GFWC (Aurora Branch) is a volunteer organization that offers a wide range of programs for community service, while providing members with opportunities for education, personal development and social interaction. The group’s purpose is to promote education at all levels, support partition in the arts, preserve natural resources, stress good citizenship and leadership development, and serve the needs of the community.

Every year the GFWC sponsors creative writing contests for poetry and short story to provide an avenue for students to freely express themselves, as well as draw upon their experiences through writing.

English Language Arts teacher Leah Gates worked with her students on submissions.  She was thrilled to hear that Natalia Olsen (sixth grade) won second place in Category 3 for Poetry for her poem “The Tornado” and that Sofia Lopez (sixth grade) won an honorable mention in Category 3 for her short story “Rain”.

Both students received certificates and ribbons and Natalia also received a monetary award for her second place finish.

“We are so proud of these talented young students,” say Principal Christopher Hughes and Assistant Principal Jennifer Stearns.