Clintonville student-authors finalists in National Book Challenge


Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

A group of Clintonville Middle School students were recently named as finalists in a nationwide challenge hosted by a student publishing company. Stacey Conradt and her sixth-grade class were among the top 50 student-published contestants out of more than 800,000 entries in Studentreasures Publishing’s 2017-18 National Book Challenge.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and creativity that each student put into this authentic piece of literature,” said Conradt, who will be starting her fifth year of teaching in the Clintonville School District. She said the 16 student-authors in her class worked together to write “The Adventures of Jerky Turkey,” an idea they came up with when thinking about a turkey’s perspective on Thanksgiving. The students worked together to research, write and illustrate the book before sending the completed pages to be published.

“They worked together as a team to come up with the idea and carry out the story’s plot throughout the entire book. Each student shared personal ideas and traditions of their Thanksgiving experiences which, in my opinion, created a very entertaining story line,” Conradt said. “I’m very proud of the Clintonville Middle School student authors and hope they remember this achievement forever.”

The students who contributed to the book include Callie Behnke, Brooklyn Bothe, Haylie Bratz, Beau DeCamp, Alyce Guseck, Victoria Havlik, Lukas Jaensch, Nevaeh Krueger, Lex Lapp, Marlee Mattes, Cash Nulph, Blayk Rosenau, Isaiah Smith, Gavin Steinke, Jaeley Tischer and Paige Wester. The class will receive a $50 gift card, and each student will receive a published author certificate.

“The Adventures of Jerky Turkey” was selected as a finalist based on its originality, creative story line and colorful illustrations, the company said.

“We are fortunate to witness tremendous creativity and talent from classrooms around the country and all the students who publish their own books,” said Chad Zimmerman, president and CEO of Studentreasures.

“This award exemplifies the hard work by both Mrs. Conradt and her students,” said Troy Kuhn, principal, in congratulating the sixth-graders.

Studentreasures has helped more than 400,000 teachers create writing lessons and turn more than 14 million students into authors. For more than 23 years, the company has partnered with nearly 30,000 schools through its book publishing programs.