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After evaluating dozens of essays, the judges have determined the winners of the 2014 Wittman Regional Airport Writing Contest. Airport Director Peter Moll will recognize and reward the top two writers in each grade at the Oshkosh Area School District board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the district office, 215 South Eagle St.


The judges evaluated each essay in six areas. Five of them assessed the writers’ grade-appropriate technical skills of spelling, grammar, focus, and organization. Half the available points were a subjective measure of the emotion and spirit of the aviation event being addressed.

Open to students who attend schools anywhere in Winnebago County, the top writer in each grade will receive a $50 gift card, with a $35 gift card going to the the silver medalist. All of the winning essays will appear here, grouped by grade level—elementary, middle, and high school—in the coming weeks.

And the gold and silver winners are:

Fourth Grade: Matthew Krause, Oakwood Elementary, “The Flight” & Carson Johnson, Oakwood Elementary, “The Experience.”

Fifth Grade: Emma Bogenhagen, Carl Traeger Elementary, “A New Experience” & Emma Phillips, Emmeline Cook Elementary, “The Airport Writing Contest.”

Sixth Grade: Olivia Ashton, South Park Middle School, “My EAA Experience.”

Seventh Grade: Lili Anderson, South Park Middle School, “Small Flight Brings Me Closer to the Earth” (this is Lili’s third gold medal finish).

Eighth Grade: Vincent Morill, ALPS Charter School, “How Aviation has Affected Me.” Tied for silver are Aklwele Burayidi, ALPS Charter School, “My Experiences With Flight” & Bowen Jing, ALPS Charter School, “An Aerial Tour of the American West.”

Tenth Grade: Rashid Coulibaly, North High School, “Family, Flight and Love” & Ellie Leafgren, North High School, “My Dear Yellow-Stripe Beauty.”

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