Monday, June 17, 2013

Essay Excitment

Getting our awards
My school district had it's 50th anniversary! The school district had an essay contest for elementary students.  The topic was,"Write an essay about your favorite school memory." My sister Sarah and I both entered our essays in the contest by grade level and won! I wrote about the Ugandan Global Project walk that we completed when I was in Mrs. Yollis' third grade class.

Sarah wrote about a project she did when she was in  Mrs. Yollis' 3rd grade class called “Our World Our Stories.” Seven elementary classes collaborating on different school topics such as: hobbies, favorite foods, school games, and classroom environment.

Waiting to be called up
Alice C. Stelle and I at the reception
On Tuesday, 2 weeks after submitting our essays, there was an awards ceremony with the district board members, principles, congressman, and the city mayor. The ceremony began by the superintendent giving a speech of how the school district began.  In the speech, he recognized some people that helped and influenced the school district. One of those citizens, was Alice C. Stelle, who now has a middle school named after her. It was pretty incredible meeting the women with a school named after her. She is 91 years old and looked proud of all the work she had done for education. The next speech was made by a congressman and the mayor.  It was pretty amazing because how many times do you get recognized in front of such specials guests. The Acorn published an article about the celebration.
Dr. Steponosky presenting the award

When the speeches were over, they began to announce the awards.  They started with kindergartener and completed with fifth gradeSarah and I would like to thank Mrs. Yollis for the inspiration and for getting us involved in blogging. THANK YOU!

 Have you ever received a special award?


  1. @ Miriam and Sarah,

    Congratulations to you both!

    I am so very proud that the two of you wrote about our blogging adventures in your winning speeches. The Ugandan Global Project was an amazing service project that benefited so many young children. I wonder what their new playground and dining hall look like today! The Our World, Our Stories project was also a highlight. I loved learning about the different cultures and the finale song was fantastic!

    I am exceedingly proud that the two of you continue to blog. You are real role models for students all over the world!

    Does Alice Stelle live in the area still?

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    1. @Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! I don't know if Alice Stelle lives in this area still but she came with her daughter.

      The Ugandan Global Project was an amazing experience and a lot of fun. Sarah says that she enjoyed the last finale song and learning about other cultures around the world.

      Your former students,
      Miriam and Sarah

  2. Dear Miriam and Sarah,

    I'm sending a huge congratulations to you girls, all the way from Australia.

    How wonderful that you decided to write about our global projects. They certainly were both memorable experiences and it's very pleasing to hear that they made such an impact on you.

    As Mrs Yollis said, you're both role models for students all over the world. I'd love to have students like you in my class any time!

    I have been lucky enough to win an award before. Last year I won the "Teacher of the Year Award" for my state. The best thing about this award was that I received $10,000 to visit the USA and meet Mrs Yollis and other blogging buddies! It certainly was an honour.

    I'm sure you girls will both win many more awards in the future.

    Congratulations again,
    Mrs Morris

    1. @Mrs. Morris,

      Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment! It was a lot of fun collaborating with other classes and raising money for the Ugandan Global Project.

      I remember when you came to the US and visited. I didn't get to meet you in person because my family and I were on vacation, but I hope you visit again!


    2. Dear Miriam,

      Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

      I hope I get to meet you and your family one day too. I would certainly love to visit the USA again!

      Happy vacation,
      Mrs Morris

  3. Dear Miriam and Sarah
    Congratulations to both of you for your success!

    I hope your essays inspire other schools in your district and in other areas to give not only blogging a go, but to also try out a collaborative project!

    I certainly enjoyed the Our World, Our Stories project. We loved trying out some of the games each class blogged about, especially Bamboo.

    warm wishes
    Mrs McKenzie

    1. @Mrs.McKenzie,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Sarah really enjoyed the Our World, Our Stories Project. We hope that both projects inspirerd other classes around the world. We hope you visit my blog soon.

      Miriam and Sarah

  4. Dear Miriam and Sarah,
    It was a big pleasure to be at the award presentation,
    You worked hard to get this award and we are all proud of you.
    I hope you will continue to write and always make your parents and us happy and proud of your achievements.
    A very special thank you goes to Mrs. Yollis for starting you to blog and encourage to write.
    I read your essays and it's very interesting what you are doing to help other kids.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene

    1. @Grandma Tanya and Gradpa Eugene,

      Thank you for your lovely comment and your support. We hope we were role models for other students. I miss you!

      Miriam and Sarah

  5. Dear Miriam and Sarah !!
    You have such comments from Honorable
    teachers. We are so proud of you both that tears came
    to our eyes.
    We always knew that the way you work
    you will be real role models for students all over
    the world.
    Keep working never stop!
    Love you Grands Mila & Isay

    1. @Grandma Mila and Grandpa Isay,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. We hope we were role models for students all over the world with the two projects. We miss you and hope to see you soon!


  6. Dear Miriam,
    Congratulations! That is a huge honor that you were awarded! It proves that you are a great writer (along with your fantastic blog). I have won three awards actually. I've won Best Student Blog in the annual Edublog Awards two years in a row and Most Influential Blog Post once. I was also written about in the Acorn.
    Your Friend,

    1. @Jaden,

      Thank you for leaving me a such a thoughtful comment. Your blog is also fantastic and winning those awards was also pretty incredible. I don't think I could have won Best Student Blog two times in a row! I hope you visit my blog again soon!


      P.S. I will see you next year in middle school!

  7. Dear Miriam,

    Well done and a huge congratulations to you and your wonderful sister Sarah.

    This is an amazing award and one that you both deserve! I really loved the fact Miriam you wrote about the Uganda walk.
    I do remember that project which you did with your other blogging pals. Itis one project that I will never forget too Miriam.

    Enjoy your summer holidays Miriam.

    From your pal,
    AA :)


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