Beaty students wins national writing competition

Photo provided to the Times Observer Nina Woldt, a sixth-grader at Beaty-Warren Middle School, has won a nationwide young writers competition.

A Beaty-Warren Middle School sixth-grader has won a nationwide writing competition.

Nina Woldt won the “SOS Sagas: Missing” competition.

The effort required a level of conciseness that’s not to be trifled with.

“This contest is unique because it’s called a mini saga,” Beaty STEM and Gifted Support teacher Meggi Brown said, “where students are challenged to write a story in 100 words or less.”

Here’s the award winning story.


I was floating, flying, infiltrating the air! Drifting around me were people, pets, and objects that moments before had been on the street.

I kept rising higher and higher! I was scared now, I couldn’t find anyone or anything to calm or comfort me. I grasped at a crumbling nose of a gargoyle and it broke off in my hands! I was spiraling up, into space! What was happening? And then it came to me. In a rush, the realization hit me like a truck. I squeezed my eyes shut and prayed that it would stop. The gravity was missing!

“This is quite an accomplishment as this is a nationwide competition,” Brown said. “I have entered several student stories in the past and never had a contest winner, so I am very excited for Nina! She was one of three student winners.”

Woldt will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for and have her story published online at youngwritersusa.com and in the “Missing-Epic Tales” collection.

“Young Writers is a company created to inspire a love of creative writing in children and young adults, by allowing them to see their work published in real books,” Brown said. “Young Writers run national writing competitions for schools and offer to publish several stories written by students in their collection books.”


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