Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hailey sisters win writing contest

People and Places

Hailey students and sisters Lydia Morgan and Emelia Morgan won first place for their grade levels in the 15th annual Idaho Public Television/KAID regional Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Awards contest. They were among 882 students entered.

Lydia's story, titled "The Mystery Bed," captured first place in the kindergarten level. Emelia's story, "The Adventures of Georgia the Scottie Dog," took first place in the second-grade level. As first-place winners, the Morgan sisters qualified for the national contest, which will announce results in July.

All contestants wrote stories illustrated with at least five pictures and submitted the entries to the IdahoPTV station in their region. Stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and pictures.

A May 9 celebration at Garden City Library near Boise honored all winners in southwest Idaho. They read their stories aloud and received certificates signed by actor LeVar Burton, host of the Reading Rainbow series.

Lauren Quinn Badell of Ketchum has received a Certificate of High Scholarship from the University of Washington for making the quarterly dean's list in the College of Arts and Sciences at least three times during the 2007-08 academic year.

Community School junior Wyatt Bunce has been chosen to the 66th American Legion Gem Boys State, to be held June 7-13 at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa. Wyatt is active at the Sun Valley independent school, where he is next year's student body president and president of the Film Club as well as a member of the Student Senate. Wyatt plays on the school's soccer and tennis teams. The David Ketchum American Legion Post is sponsoring Bunce, according to Bill Cassell of Ketchum, who is chairman of the post's Boys State program.

Michael Heidrich of Ketchum, a sophomore, is among the dean's list students (3.50 GPA) for the 2008 fall semester at Regis College in Weston, Mass.

Amanda Harris, daughter of Scott and Charlotte Harris of Sun Valley, has been named to the merit list (3.45 GPA or better) at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, for the first semester of the 2008-09 academic year. A graduate of The Community School in Sun Valley, Amanda is a rising senior majoring in biology and economics at the liberal arts school.

Carey High School has announced the following alumni notes on the school's Web site:

Melissa Peck Jones received her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and special education from BYU Idaho. She has moved to Logan, Utah, so her husband can pursue a Utah State advanced degree.

Shelton Dickerson received first place in a BYU Idaho film festival for a movie he filmed and directed titled "The Incident."

Camille Mecham Smith has finished her three-year residency program and will graduate June 26 from the Banner Hospital residency program in Greeley, Colo. She will move to the Twin Falls area this summer and begin working there and in Buhl.

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