TCSD seeking volunteers for Young Author competition

Editor’s Note: The original article indicated that judging will be done Monday, March 16 and/or Tuesday, March 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., however, this year the judging will be done virtually from May 10 to May 21.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County School District is seeking volunteers to judge entries for the national Young Authors competition.

Each year, Kindergarten through 12th-grade students are presented with the challenge to write their best poetry, nonfiction, and fiction pieces. Some writing is done at school, while other students work on entries at home. Each of the submitted pieces are first judged by a team of teachers at the grade level. The best of each grade is then sent to be judged at the district level.

“This is where we need your help,” TCSD said in an email. “With the size of our K-12 population in the county we have around 300 entries to be judged. Each entry must be read by at least three judges. This means at least 900 different readings need to be done in order to submit our entries to the state competition!”

“This is where we need your help,” coordinators of the Teton County Young Authors said in a letter. “With the size of our K-12 population in the county, we have approximately 300 entries to be judged by at least two readers. This year, like last, the state competition has been canceled. We are committed to ensuring Teton County writers get an opportunity to publish their work for judging.”

The contest will once again be judged virtually this year, which means volunteers can judge from anywhere in the world.

“We will share Google Drive folders containing PDFs of student entries,” the letter said. “Each grade level and writing category has its own rubric to break down the elements of the writing into numerical levels. The judge reads a piece, compares it to the grading rubric, and assigns numbers for each category on a Google Spreadsheet. We average the rubric ratings from the judges to find grade level winners and honorable mentions.”

Judging will take place Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 21st. The judging will take anywhere from 15 minutes – one grade level of one category (i.e. 4th grade poetry) to a few hours for multiple grade levels and/or categories.

Interested volunteers should fill out this Google Form and the coordinators will reach out to you with more details.

“Any amount of time that you can give to reading is greatly appreciated,” TCSD said. “We promise you will be thoroughly entertained by the students’ entries.”

Young Authors Co-Coordinators Teton County

Mel Paradis: mparadis@tcsd.org

Christine Jenkins: cjenkins@tcsd.org

About The Author

Buckrail @ Jacob

Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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