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The Young Authors Conference is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council, in conjunction with the Illinois Reading Council. Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books.   

District Young Authors judging was held on Tuesday, February 18 at Maryville Elementary School. Young Authors Coordinator, Maryville Principal Mark Lull, stated there were sixty-six manuscripts entered from Kindergarten through 8th grade.


Winners / County Conference are:

Kindergarten: Ryla Kellems, Whittley Henderson, Cecily Reed, Lyric Watkins

1st Grade: Jacqueline Vorce, Emma Lux, Dexter Fisher, Temperance Roy, Lyle Smith

2nd Grade:  Noah Hanks, Khalia Henderson, Finley Hatfield, Reed Corzine, Krystal Talbott, Gracie Taylor, Steven Knogl, Trinity Wilson-Rogers, Hudson Gaines

3rd Grade: Lauren Willaredt, Mason Keeton, Penelope McIntyre, Kilea Spriggs, Brody Cell,

4th Grade: Madalyn Klingelhoefer, Landen Johnson, Grayden Fisher, William Green, Ava Green, Riley Carnahan, Landon Goodyear, Chloe Funch, Eli Prange

6th Grade: Logan Schank, Grace Walker

7th Grade: Baylie Wagner, Emma Wing


Winners / State Conference are:

1st Grade: Dexter Fisher, Lyle Smith

2nd Grade: Reed Corzine, Gracie Taylor

3rd Grade: Lauren Willaredt, Brody Cell

4th Grade: William Green, Landon Goodyear

6th Grade: Grace Walker


Congratulation to all!


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