April 13, 2021
Prince Writing Team Awarded Superior Ratings in ACSI Writing Festival
The Prince Avenue Christian School Writing Team recently competed in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Creative Writing Festival. The team of twenty-four 4th–6th graders, coached by Prince Media Specialist Danny Delgado, met twice a week during the spring semester for a writing master class with Prince alumna and published children’s author Mez Blume (’06). The team covered a multitude of writing skills and topics and submitted their final products for adjudication.
Of the twenty-four stories, there were sixteen “excellent” ratings and seven “superior” ratings six of which were nominated for “Notable Superior”, meaning these stories are eligible for final review and consideration to be placed in the ACSI Competition Anthology. This amount of superior ratings is the highest number for all of the competing schools in the region to include the states of Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.
The Writing Team has compiled all of their stories into a published anthology titled If You Give a Wolverine a Pen. The team enjoyed a Book Launch party in which each writer was recognized for his or her accomplishments and presented with a personal copy of the book. The book will also be available to check out in the PACS Media Center.
Prince Lower School Principal Becky Callaway explains that the Writing Team is a valuable experience for the students providing a unique opportunity for growth. “Studies show that a common thread connecting all great achievers, no matter the field, is their ability to communicate effectively. With the birth of our lower school’s writing team last year, our students were incentivized to put forth their best efforts in becoming effective communicators. This year’s publication, confirms that exponential growth in a subject area can happen, given the right nurturing environment. The whole experience, crowned by this published anthology of stories, will be treasured by the writers and their readers for years to come.”