May 12, 2011 - Madeline Wells, an eighth grade student at L.H. Rather Middle School, received a cash award for her first place entry in the "Get HookedRead A Book" bookmark contest sponsored by The Fannin County Republican Women, PAC. A reception was held for the winner and participants on Saturday, May 7, at the Creative Arts Center. During the reception, the winner autographed copies of her entry.
Seventh and eighth grade students from all over Fannin County were encouraged to participate. Madeline's very colorful design featured an imaginative fish "catching" a book to read. The bookmark has been printed and will be circulated at libraries and schools.
The second place award winner is Ashley Woodruff also from L.H. Rather Middle School.
Sandra Ward, chairman of this years bookmark contest reported "There were so many wonderful contributions from the area schools and this is the second time the first and second place winners came from the same school. FCRW appreciated Principal Karol Alexander and Art Teacher Tammy Balch for their active role in encouraging their students to compete in this county-wide contest."
Honorable Mention awards went to the following students : Holly Lewis, Trenton Middle School; Cris Allen, Honey Grove I.S.D.; Zachary Rhone, Leonard I.S.D.; Jack Neal, Savoy I.S.D.; and Amberlyn Borowski, Ector, I.S.D.
This is the fifth year the Fannin County Republican Women offered awards to students to use their imagination in encouraging others to read as part of the Literary Awareness program, which was started by Former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Pictured is the FCRW "Get Hooked... Read a Book" bookmark contest winner Madeline Wells (middle right) with (from left) Melanie Grammar, Sandra Ward and Tammy Balch.
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