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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.
“It was amazing working together,” said student Amiya Pannell. “We had good ideas.”
“We thought up stuff and tried to put it together,” said student Vivian Ha.
Ha said the app was capable of turning people into frogs and bugs and could give the teacher quiet powers.
“They were awesome,” said Alicea. “They’ve really done a great job with their imagination and their creativity.”
Alicea said the students worked hard to make sure they incorporated all of the story elements in the book.
“It was fun and creative,” said Miles. “When we won, it was like awesome because it was very, very creative and our story had a lot of interest in it.”
Student Karla Funtes said the children started brainstorming ideas and settled on the app idea. The story was selected as one of five finalists in the contest last week.
“When we found out we were in the top 5, everybody started screaming,” Fuentes said.
As the winner, the school will receive a new eBook program worth $7,000. Illustrators have already started working on artwork for an edition of the book that will be published, with the school getting a copy.
The winning students will also have a Skype interview with an author as part of their prize.
They will also receive two $100 gift certificates to purchase books, and subscriptions to Tales2Go and myOn Reader, which will give them access to more than 4,000 digital books.
Principal Debbie Hurst told the students she was proud of their achievement, except for one thing.
“I was disappointed that I was not in the story as Principal from the Black Lagoon,” Hurst joked.
Mrs. P Enterprises is a Hollywood team emphasizing the love of reading and storytelling for young people. Mrs. P reads stories on the website www.MrsP.com, which also features games and activities for students. As winners of the contest, Alicea’s students will have their story read live on World Read Aloud Day on March 5.
To read the students' story, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1njuUoSayqj2N3bosUeZOHt7UDpEwfYKAByLx6_F_rDU/edit?usp=sharing