Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book festival

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 70 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 21-23.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 21, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 23 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the dinner. These students, selected by ACT in Iowa City, are:

The second day of the festival, Saturday, Feb. 22, includes programming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the HotelVetro ballroom featuring author presentations, workshops, a book fair, a science show, costume characters and more. Visit for a full schedule.

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 23, features the annual “Write Out Loud!” event, 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium in the University of Iowa’s Macbride Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City. In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories. They are:

  • The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
  • From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

 These winning students are:

In addition, the ACT team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention. These students also will be recognized as part of the Feb. 23 event.

1 Aashritha Snigdha Aedhu, Tiffin
2 Goldie Grove, Kirkwood
3 Louisa Capps, Mann
3 Peter Spragg, Lemme
3 Ian Ballantyne, Willowwind
4 Rachel Matiyabo, Kirkwood
4 Adrian Cardoso, Kirkwood
4 Kyros Yuefan Wu, Van Allen
4 Olivia Friedhof, Coralville Central
5 Archie Fisher, Twain
5 Willa Jackson, Willowwind
5 Sarah Kalnins, Willowwind
5 Vidya Kumar, Willowwind
5 Ismail Shaheen, Willowwind
5 Hattie Galloway, Hoover
5 Annabelle Pedersen, Grant
5 Mira Mannheimer, Penn
6 Sylvia Broffitt, Horn
6 Kaelyn Beeding, Kirkwood
6 Lydia Valiga, Regina
6 Estelle Ralston, Penn
7 Luis Solano de Almeida, South East
7 Samantha Glass, Regina
7 Anora Klauke, South East
7 Jen Tran, South East
7 Corte Beal, Northwest
7 Sidney Tranel, Northwest
8 Jadyn Franklin , West Branch
8 Kamakshee Kuchhal, Northwest
8 Addison Prantner, South East
8 Leela Strand, North Central
8 Olivia Naber, West Branch
8 Athena Wu, Northwest
8 Nevaeh Hoffman, Northwest

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