Students at Gurganus win Mrs. P national writing contest

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Students in teacher Ashley Alicea’s third-grade class react as they learn they have won Mrs. P’s Be-a-Famous Writer national contest on Wednesday in Havelock. The students were able to watch a live webcast of the announcement.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 03:26 PM.

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That is perhaps the best way to describe the sheer volume of emotion released at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock Wednesday morning when students in Ashley Alicea’s third-grade class found out they had won the national Mrs. P Be-a-Famous Writer Contest.

The children gathered around a projection screen tuned into a live YouTube announcement to hear the news.

“I crossed my fingers and my feet,” said Dejana Miles, one of the students who helped pen “My Magic App,” a collaborative class project.

“I love that the grand prize winning story was a collaborative class project,” said actress Kathy Kinney, who stars as Mrs. P.  “This way they can all truly celebrate the win together.”

The class’ story is about a spelling book application that turned people into anything and had special powers.

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