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Gramlow winner of NDRA Young Writers' Project

West Fargo's own, Claire Gramlow, was recently chosen as the state winner for her age bracket in a youth writing competition. First, she was selected by the Valley Reading Council, and then recently the North Dakota Reading Association (NDRA) named her the winner at the state level also.

The genre of her age bracket was to write a "heartland" short story. Gramlow, a seventh grader at Cheney Middle School, wrote a historical fiction story titled The Rainbow. This heartfelt story set in a rural town along the Red River involves the family of a young girl named Lily. When Lily's parents leave in the spring to help their grandmother, she and her older sister Ellie are stuck home watching their brother. Lily resents Ellie at times for being too much of a girly-girl, and she eventually provokes Ellie to leave home for a few days. Lily has no problem with this at first, but when she sees the Red River dangerously rising and also notices her sister has not come home on time, Lily goes searching for her.

In the end, Lily ends up realizing the importance of family and the two sisters decide to forgive each other.

Only one writer was chosen from each age group, Gramlow was lucky enough to be chosen in her age group, grades 6-9. Entries for this competition were judged on organization, ideas, voice, and word choice, all of which Gramlow sufficiently displayed in her story. The North Dakota Reading Association has invited her to attend a luncheon at the NDRA Spring Conference in Fargo on April 16, where she will be recognized.