ONCE AGAIN, OUR YOUNG hunters, anglers, and trappers challenged
the judges as they selected winners in the annual Wisconsin Outdoor
News Youth Writing Contest. The winning entries can be found on
pages 25-27 in this issue. Junior and senior division entrants
submitted more than 110 entries this year. Everyone at Wisconsin
Outdoor News would like to thank the students for taking the time
to put their experiences on paper, and share their thoughts on the
outdoors with our readers.
Wisconsin Outdoor News also would like to thank teachers for
encouraging their students to enter the contest. Thanks to the
following teachers for their involvement in the contest:
€ At James Williams Middle School, of Rhinelander, science
teachers Mark Jacobsen and Jeff Skubal worked out a cross
curriculum exercise with English teachers Karen Becker and Beth
Bloom, and their students submitted nine entries;
€ The Northwoods School District of Minong sent in a number of
entries, thanks to a teacher who simply signed off on the entries
€ Kathy Krizan, of the Cameron School District, had a number of
students submit entries again this year;
€ Two hard-hunting teachers from the Prentice Middle School, Ken
Petrashek and Jeremy Heikkinen, once again worked with their
students to submit more than 20 entries;
€ Teacher Mark Cieslewicz, of Green Bay Preble High School, had
students enter this year; and
€ Jeff Kujawa, sixth grade English teacher at Almond-Bancroft
School, also had students represented.
Congratulations to the 2007 winners. They are:
€ Senior prose, first place – Kristen Lansin, 15, of Barronett,
a sophomore at Cumberland High School. She is the daughter of Wes
and Judy Lansin, and she won with a story about a close encounter
of a black bear kind.
€ Senior prose, second place: Amanda Depies, 15, a sophomore at
Cedarburg High School, with her story about her first youth deer
hunt. She is the daughter of Debbie and Mike Depies.
€ Junior prose, first place: Anna Schneider, 13, an
eighth-grader at the New London Middle School. She is the daughter
of Tim and Barb Schneider. Schneider submitted a story about her
youth deer hunt.
€ Junior prose, second place: Brian Kraegenbrink, 13, of Ogema,
an eighth-grader at Prentice Middle School. He entered a story
about fishing in a storm. He is the son of Don and Connie
€ Senior poetry, first place: A.J. Benik, 15, of Rice Lake, a
sophomore at Cameron High School, with a poem about the perfect
November day. He is the son of Anthony and Melissa Benik.
€ Junior poetry, first place: Jenna Kontney, 14, of Stevens
Point, an eighth-grader at P.J. Jacobs Junior High, with her poem
about what hunting means to her. She is the daughter of Mark and
The second-place prose entries in the junior and senior
divisions, along with a number of honorable mention entries from
each division, will appear in the next issue of Wisconsin Outdoor
News. Thanks again to everyone for entering.