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California Author's Invitational - Stephanie Etcheverria

Stephanie Etcheverria is amazing. I asked her for a write up of her experience as an invitee at CalExpo California Author's Invitational...and instead, she tells me a story of something near and dear to her heart that involves some even more amazing young writers.
"The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to be part of the California Author Exhibit at the California State Fair.
Four state winning authors from the 2011 Imagine this… Story Writing Contest will be at the exhibit to talk about their stories that won them recognition in the statewide contest for California students.
Each year California students between the 3rd and 8th grades write stories about agriculture for the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest. Students select their favorite agriculture topic whether it is their favorite fruit or vegetable, favorite animal or an experience they have had on a farm. Then, the students research their topics and write creative, fact accurate stories.
On average, more than 10,000 are stories submitted to the contest. Six students are chosen as state winners, one from each grade level, third-eighth.
The stories are illustrated by high school art students and are published into theImagine this… Stories Inspired by Agriculture book. You can order your copy of the bookhere for only $6.
This year the seven stories were published, six state winners and one honorable mention.
Stories include:
Friends in the Garden, written by Morgan Gravatt, 3rd Grade
Team Hamburger Support, written by Matthew Reis, 4th Grade
Honeybee Worker Day, written by Grace Reyes, 5th Grade
Patty Pear on an Adventure, written by Juliana Gamache, 6th Grade
The Proud Pluot, written by Nick O’Brien, 7th Grade
Chilies for Nina, written by Sarah Rutzen, 8th Grade
To read the full stories, visit our website at:
In March, the state winning authors were recognized by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and many other state senators and assemblyman. To see more of the ceremony, visit CFAITC’s blog The Fencepost:
Come by CalExpo on Saturday, July 21st from 11am-4pm and meet these awesome young scribes!

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