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Quarry Lane Students Named as Finalists in the 2017-2018 National Book Challenge
Quarry Lane Students Named as Finalists in the 2017-2018 National Book Challenge

Congratulations to Ms. Kear's second grade students who have been announced as finalists in the 2017-2018 National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing.

For this honor, the class will receive a $50 gift card, plus a published author certificate for each student. Each of the 16, second-grade authors were recognized for their contributions to their book, "Facts About Famous Artists," which was published earlier this year through Studentreasures' free publishing program.

Ms. Kear's class came up with the idea for "Facts About Famous Artists," when researching about famous artists in history. The second-grade authors put forth their best effort, researching, writing about, and illustrating their famous artist book, from Edvard Munch's "The Scream" to Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night", before they sent their completed pages to be published.

"Students in Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade were excited to see and read their classmates' printed book, which is prominently showcased in the school library," reported Kristina Mazaika, Lower School Director. "It has inspired a renewed purpose in their writing, giving them an authentic audience."

As a finalist in the one-and-only National Book Challenge, Ms. Kear's class book was selected from entries across the country and awarded as a Top 50 book based on its originality, creative storyline, and colorful illustrations. This nationwide contest was open to more than 800,000 books that were submitted to Studentreasures for free publishing this school year.

"At Studentreasures, we are fortunate to witness tremendous creativity and talent from classrooms around the country and all students who publish their own books. We especially congratulate Ms. Kear and her students for earning this unique achievement and completing a project that provides lasting memories and a one-of-a-kind keepsake," said Chad Zimmerman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Studentreasures.