Students at Gurganus named finalists in national writing contest

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 06:20 PM.

Students in Ashley Alicea’s third-grade class at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock have been named one of five finalists in a national writing contest. announced the finalists last week in its national Be-a-Famous Writer contest.

The contest, open to students from kindergarten through fourth grade, tasked the students with writing a story on the theme of magic. Classes had the option of collaborating to develop the story or picking an individual student’s story to represent the class.

In the case of Alicea’s class, the students worked together to write a story called “My Magic App.”

The four other finalists are from schools in Iowa, Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina.

The winner of the contest, to be announced on Wednesday, receives various books, audio books and digital books for the classroom as well as a bound copy of the created story. The story will also be read live on the website on World Read Aloud Day on March 5.

A panel of judges, including celebrities such as actress Melissa Peterman and television talk show host Craig Ferguson, will select the winner.

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