Six Birchwood students were awarded recognition in Cricket magazine’s September story-writing contest and were published in the January 2019 edition. This national competition invited children to submit a story about an act of kindness. Zain Daoud earned an Honorable Mention award. Mei-Li Mann won second prize for her story entitled “Hanging with My Cousins” about including family members in a gymnastics practice session. Ted Alten, Kartik Gulati, and Zain Abbas also received Honorable Mentions for their creative stories. Jonathan Samulak’s piece, “An Act of Kindness,” about being the recipient of kindness by strangers, garnered third place.
Cricket magazine publishes imaginative stories and poetry for children ages 9-14 written by the world’s best writers and illustrators. In addition, children of all ages submit stories, poetry, essays, and art to their regularly offered contests.
Teacher, Karen Kufahl, who coached the students along with co-teacher, Joanna West, reacted to her students successes saying, “Students and teachers were delighted when two of the children came in on Monday morning with the news that they'd received recognition from Cricket magazine. Our eyes just kept growing bigger as four more students brought in reports of their winning entries. Of course we couldn't be prouder of these young authors who did so well in a national contest. Congratulations to all of them!”