6th-grader wins prestigious national writing contest

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A budding artist in Rockland County has won a national writing contest. And here’s the catch--she's in sixth grade!

Angie Ortiz had no idea she had won the Story Pirates and Random House Kids national writing contest until it was announced today at Elmwood Elementary in Spring Valley.

She says her story is about a girl named Laura who lives in a town enclosed by walls which comes under attack by creatures she's never seen.

Her story was chosen out of thousands of submissions for the national contest. It will be transformed into a book by a New York Times best-selling author and published in 2020.

Her writing teacher says it's a proud moment for the East Ramapo Central School District. “Angie is a young lady who seeks to be the very best she can be; she’s determined, motivated and enthusiastic,” says teacher Wendy Zweig.

Ortiz says she hopes her accomplishment will inspire other young students like herself to write more. “I believe that every kid they can write a book, soon I hope there will be more people like this."

This is the third time the contest has been held. The first two winners were from Memphis, Tennessee and New York City.

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