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Fidalgo Island Writers Guild at The Heart of Anacortes

Executive Board Choice award winner, Kali Matisse Gilson.

Saturday April 14th, 2012

A sunny Spring day made this occasion all the brighter. The celebration and ceremony of awards for the nearly 100 young writers that entered FIWG for Literacy’s 1st Annual Young Writers Contest turned into what I would call a blessed event. The joy, smiles, laughter, anticipation, excitement and the love of writing beat in perfect rhythm on Saturday at The Heart of Anacortes.

Some of our Award recipients, as well as honorary entrant, 4-year-old Owen Ufkes (front row, far left).

 Finalists and Honorary Mentions:

  • 4 year old Honorary entrant, Owen Ufkes
  • Kindergarden Finalist, Emma Woodworth
  • Kindergarden Honorary Mention, Johnathon Puskas
  • 1st grade Finalist, Annaly Ellis
  • 1st grade Honorary Mention, Sabine Hambleton 
  • 2nd grade Finalist, Caitlin Brar
  • 2nd grade Honorary Mention, Alyssa Digweed
  • 2nd grade Honorary Mention, Matthew Rutz
  • 3rd grade Finalist, Conner Cho
  • 3rd grade Honorary Mention, Christian Moir
  • 4th grade Finalist, Aidan Ufkes
  • 4th grade Honorary Mention, Mitchell Fine
  • 5th grade Finalist, Aliyah Zullo 
  • 5th grade Honorary Mention, Luke Rutz
  • 6th grade Finalist, Calder Wood 
  • 6th grade Honorary Mention, Brandon Broome
  • 7th grade Finalist, Julia Long  
  • 8th grade Finalist, Ashley Heim
  • 8th grade Honorary Mention, Erin Middleton
Special Board Choice Awards:
  • Vice President’s Choice: Halle Darling Campbell 
  • President’s Choice: Georgia Katherine Stultz 
  • Executive Board Choice: Kali Matisse Gilson 
Special note: The judging was blind. Copies were made of every entry & then name, sex, and school were blacked out on every entry and matched only by assigned number to the original paper. 
Fidalgo Island Writers Guild would like to recognize Mrs. Bakke-Shultz, from Island View Elementary, for excellence in teaching. She is the teacher of five of the above listed Finalists and Board Choice recipients. Mrs. Bakke-Shultz is the 5 & 6 grade Challenge class teacher at ISV Elementary. Calder, Georgia, Halle, Kali, and Aliyah are currently students in her Challenge class. This was brought to the attention of the guild 3 days following the ceremony.

FWIG at The Heart of Anacortes

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Approximately 150 students, family members, friends, teachers and community came to The Heart of Anacortes on April 14th to honor these young writers.

Showing off the inaugural edition of Anacortes Magazine. More about this contest, the reason for the writing prompt, and the heart of these young writers can be found in the feature article, A Long Lost Friend.

For $35 you can purchase a copy of the 135-page compilation book of all the entries. From essays to color-crayon drawings to poetry, A Long Lost Friend is full of color and full of heart. It is a high-quality, color, perfect bound book that also includes photographs of the students and a Foreword by Ronda Rae Franklin.

The proceeds return to the guild’s literacy programs in Anacortes. Books can be purchased via the FIWG for Literacy Facebook page. Use the Shopping Cart entitled “YWC Book”.

**Each entrant receives one free book.**

Sponsors of time, event locations and monetary funds: How It Works, Ronda Rae Franklin, Lara Dunning, Chris Terrell, Read Me A Story, The Heart of Anacortes, Watermark Book, Co., Fine Edge Nautical Publishing, Farmers Insurance (Leileah Petty, agent), Kenneth Davenport, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and the many unnamed citizens of Anacortes who have generously donated funds and/or raffle items to help make this dream and the words of our children come to life in a published book.