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Blendon eighth-grader published in book about spooky stories


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Emma Flynn, a Blendon Middle School eighth-grader attending Westerville Virtual Academy, is now a published author.

Flynn penned a “mini-saga” (a story of 100 words) for a state-wide writing contest sponsored by YoungWriters, a Massachusetts-based group that organizes a series of writing contests for elementary, middle and high school students. Winning compositions are published in books that are distributed to schools.

Flynn jumped at the chance to participate in the contest after her seventh-grade Advanced Language Arts teacher Julie Warner shared the opportunity with her class last year. 

Middle school gifted facilitator Lisa Huelskamp submitted Flynn’s entry last spring and learned about her winning story over the summer. Flynn’s eighth-grade Advanced Language Arts teacher Brianna Swanson recently surprised her with the news virtually, showing her the cover of the book.