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Students win regional writing honors

Two Colusa County students have been named regional winners in the 2016 “Imagine This” story writing contest, a program of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the classroom.

The contest is aimed to help students develop narrative and informative writing skills. Stories are written about real or imagined events, based on accurate information about California agriculture.

Tanner Vierra, who attends the 3rd grade at Maxwell Elementary, was awarded the honor for his story The “Almond Adventure.”

“My dad and grandpa work with almonds so I thought I would write on that,” said Vierra.

Vierra’s teacher Shannon Vierra said, “Tanner has a gift for writing; he writes just like he talks. His Almond Adventure has lots of dialogue and details. The topic was also one he could relate to since his family grows almonds.”

Tanner was informed of his regional title win during an assembly at the K-5 level in Maxwell.

“I was shocked and excited to win. I was speechless but happy to represent my school,” said Vierra

Ysabel Charter from Arbuckle was also a regional winner with her story written on “The Almond Effect.” Charter is currently a 5th grader at Arbuckle Elementary and is taught by Laura Hansen.

“Ysabel wrote the story because her family has been almond farmers for a long time,” said Hansen. “I picked the five best essays from my class and submitted. Ysabel’s paper was amazing, she is a very studious student. As a teacher, I would love to have a full classroom of students like her.”

Vierra and Charter were selected as two of the 46 regional winners from across the state. Both stories will now compete at the State level and the winners will be announced on January 1, 2017. State-winning stories will be published in the 2016 edition of Imagine This, stories inspired by agriculture, a book featuring illustrations created by high school art students. The new book will debut during the California Agriculture Day. For more information about the contest, visit LearnAboutAg.org/imaginethis.

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