Ask any author and they'll tell you how difficult it is to get published. But for some lucky eighth, graders it happened on the first try. They attend Oglethorpe Charter School, where several months ago, Ms. Anne Malone received a call that would change these six eighth-grade students' lives. As national advisor for Junior Scholastic magazine, she was asked by its editors if her students would write up an article about Savannah for their Hometown America section.
Dozens of students turned in their best work, but only a select few were picked. Language arts teacher Dr. Michelle Kilbourne got that honor. "I narrowed it down to students who were showing commitment," she said. "These final six students were the ones who gave up their lunch period to write this article."
"I felt a little like, well I'm missing recess time outside, but I was glad I did because it turned out well," said student Lindsey Bailey. "It's just like an honor to be able to be published in a national magazine."
They wrote about Savannah's history, the ports, festivals, movies shot here, Tybee Island, and of course the Girl Scouts and ghost tales. And after weeks of work, the article was published in Junior Scholastic.
"First we didn't know how it was going to turn out," said student Emily Cass, "but when we got the final article we were blown away."
Schae Bulloch had another concern: "I was nervous to see what our picture was like."
Not only was their article published, but it will also act as a model for a contest asking other students to write in about their hometowns.
"I was so proud of them, they did wonderfully," said Dr. Kilbourne.
"Hard work pays off," added Lindsey Bailey.
Which makes all six students Someone You Should Know.
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