Parker Novak, BWIS fifth-grader, wins Dispatch writing contest
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Big Walnut Intermediate School fifth-grade student Parker Novak recently found out that she was selected as one of the winners in a Columbus Dispatch Halloween writing contest.
The contest was held in conjunction with Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of numerous books for children, teens and young adults.
In the contest, Haddix wrote the beginning of a story about a superhero that drops off mid-sentence: “Because the minute I put on that shirt, I …” and contest entrants had to complete the story.
As one of the contest winners Parker received a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, a $10 movie pass and a book signed by Margaret Haddix.
Parker’s teacher Katie Graven said she offered the contest to students as extra credit if they were interested, and Parker took on the challenge.
“I’m very proud of Parker for being one of the contest winners,” Graven said. “It really surprised me. We mailed 25 entries off, but when you think we’re competing with all those students in the Columbus school system, and then hear that one of our own wins — it’s very exciting.”
Parker said being a contest winner was a cool experience.
Parker, who is involved in competitive cheerleading at Northstar Studios, said she does not know what she wants to be when she’s older, but when she goes to college she wants to be an Ohio State University cheerleader.