Selah Middle School students recently spent An Evening with Mark Twain as they were recognized for earning top honors for their written work in the 2019 Samuel Clemens Essay Contest.
As a result of her way with written words, Natalie Keller earned first place honors in the Eighth Grade Division.
In the Seventh Grade competition category, Kevin McCart received first place recognition and Kiah Weiss earned second place honors. Additionally, Maria Guadalupe Tapia Lozano, Macie Ladd and Erica Nass each received Certificates of Achievement with Special Merit.
In addition, Selah Middle School English Language Arts Teacher, Kelly Mattson, was also honored for his support of the essay contest for the last three years.
The Samuel Clemens Essay Contest, which was open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade middle school students in the State of Washington, was intended as an opportunity for young writers to explore the many characteristics of Clemens as a role model, who is also known as his pen name Mark Twain. Students were challenged to write about the value of being a good citizen as well as what civic duty entails.
The contest culminated with An evening with Mark Twain where essay contest awards were presented, and an impersonator gave a performance depicting the life of Mark Twain. The contest is sponsored by the Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum where their interest is to provide students a glimpse of the individuals who have made the printed word come alive.