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Centennial student places second in statewide writing contest

Centennial Elementary’s Skylar Garcia has been recognized as one of the most talented young writers in the state.

The fifth-grade student won second place in the Colorado Young Writers’ Award contest, organized by the Colorado State Council of the Educators Reading Association (CCIRA).

Her short story “The Adventures of Drizzly the Dog” was selected from entries submitted in the fifth and sixth grade writers’ category.

Skylar was honored at the Young Writers’ Author-to-Author Awards Session in Denver on Feb. 10.

She also met children’s author Linda Urban and attended a special luncheon with her family as part of the experience.

Teachers Diana Abowitz and Stacy Blair led Centennial’s participation in the contest and also attended the awards ceremony.

The Colorado Young Writers’ Awards are given to students in first through 12th grades who show exemplary skills as an author through short stories with rich content, ideas, organization, and word choice.

The CCIRA is a professional organization of educators and community members dedicated to the promotion ad advancement of literacy.

Members of the CCIRA encourage lifelong habits in literacy and an appreciation of the value of reading and writing.

Teacher Diana Abowitz with Skylar Garcia Skylar with children's author Linda Urban