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Nov. 7, 2011

Eagle student writes from the heart, earns national honor

Fourth-grader Alexi Hull honored at Nov. 2 BOE meeting

Alexi Hull with her certificate of recognition after the Nov. 2 BOE meeting

Fourth grader Alexi Hull has managed to use her writing skill to turn tragedy into triumph.

The Eagle student was recently recognized by the Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education for winning a national writing contest sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, but the journey started in her third grade classroom.

Alexi Hull reading her story at the Nov. 2 BOE meeting

Last year, Diane McNiven, a Grade 3 teacher at Eagle, entered some of her students’ writing pieces in a contest sponsored by the Delmar Progress Writing Club, an affiliate of the National General Federation
of Women's Clubs.

When she recently found out that Alexi’s piece had won at the national level, she wasn’t all that surprised.

“I use the Writing Contest as a motivator and a way to showcase exceptional work,” said McNiven.  “Alexi is a girl who voraciously documents what is in her heart and her life,” she said. “She embraces the idea that words matter.”

Alexi’s story, “The Awful Six Words,” is an honest and heartfelt recounting of the time her pet cat, Sammy, had to be put to sleep, and of all the questions and emotion that a young person experiences when a beloved pet passes away.

“I cried when I read it,” said Board of Education President Diane Giacone-Stever at the Nov. 2 meeting, just before Delmar Progress Club President Pat Antanucci presented Alexi with a certificate.

After the presentation, Alexi read her story to those in attendance. She and her mother said they were both “very excited” about the award.

You can read Alexi’s story, “The Awful Six Words,” here [PDF].


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