Special to the Heights Herald

Altrusa International of Central Texas sponsored a Share Your Story-Share Your Dream writing contest in conjunction with Killeen's Take 190 West Arts Festival in March.

The contest was open to all fifth-grade students in the Killeen Independent School District, including home schools, private schools and church schools. The students were required to write a story and illustrate it in the medium of their choice.

More than 250 students from Killeen elementary schools participated. There were two categories, individual effort and collaborative effort. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place in each category plus two honorable mention awards.

The first-place winners received Nooks, and they were given gift baskets donated by Barnes and Noble of Harker Heights. The second- and third-place winners received gift cards.

Every student participating received a writing journal donated by Spectrum Printing of Killeen.

Winning students were presented a printed and bound copy of their book. Each of the schools received a copy of the winning book to be placed in their school library.

The following students were the winners:

First place individual - Baylee McGuire from Mountain View; teacher - Mrs. Julie Vangroll

Second place individual - Timothy Stoner from Meadows; teacher - Mr. Jared Disher

Third place individual - David Hamlett from Cedar Valley; teacher - Mrs. Vicki Osborne

Honorable Mention: Julia Alvarez (poetry) from Mountain View; teacher -Mrs. Vangroll

Rayla Chavez (illustration) from Meadows; teacher - Mrs. Kristina Perez

First place collaborative - Bennett Farrar and Solana Forstner from Mountain View; teacher - Mrs. Vangroll

Second place collaborative - Lynn Downie and Elijah Hicks from Meadows; teacher - Mrs. Veronica Russell

Third place collaborative - Kate Blancaflor and Carter Reaves from Mountain View; Kate's teacher is Mrs. Katherine Forrest, and Carter's is Mrs. Deborah Parker.

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