Fourth-graders Paige Hawkins and Ryan Geertgens in Maureen Pederson’s class at Bayville Intermediate School have been named winners in the Nassau Reading Council Young Authors’ Contest for their personal narratives.

The contest required students to submit personal narratives, either as prose or poetry, that describe a personal experience, express feelings and recreate events. Paige’s essay, “My New Puppy,” described in detail the excitement she felt when she got a puppy. In his piece “Amazing Playland,” Ryan wrote about a thrilling trip to Playland Amusement Park, one of his favorite places. Both students applied skills learned through the fourth-grade curriculum to write descriptive first-person stories.

According to the Nassau Reading Council, the purpose of the contest is to encourage writing in the classroom, honor quality writing, provide audiences for student-authors, and celebrate writing and the writer.

“Paige and Ryan worked hard to express themselves as young authors and are very deserving of this award, “ said Dr. Edward Cannone, K-12 Coordinator of ELA and Reading. “Their winning was a result of their own imagination and drive, both of which are supported by the grade four curriculum and by Ms. Pederson’s care and guidance.”

The two fourth-graders have been invited to attend an awards ceremony on June 1 at Molloy College, where they will read their pieces to the audience. They will also receive an anthology containing all of the winning submissions.