Young writers dig for thoughts on 'dirt'

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Young writers dig for thoughts on 'dirt'

Competition encourages mentoring

Dylan McClain of Miller Middle School sits in the tent that he won for his essay in the annual Backcountry Experience outdoor writing contest.

Outdoor Writing Competition results

High School


1. Stephen Sebestyen (senior) Durango High School. Teacher, Tom Byrne. Writing mentor, Joe Sebestyen.


2. Corinne Sohle (freshman) Durango High School. Teacher,


Barbara McLachlan. Writing mentor, Trish Sohle.


3. Bentley O’Quinn (junior) Durango High School. Teacher, Karla Miller. Writing mentor, Karla Miller.


Middle School


1. Angela Grogan (seventh grade) Escalante Middle School. Teacher, Marisa Asplund. Writing mentor, Dominic Schiavone.


2. Dylan McClain (sixth grade) Miller Middle School. Teacher, Robert Aspen. Writing mentor, Robert Aspen.


3. Bonne Matheson (eighth grade) Miller Middle School. Teacher, Lori


Norton. Writing mentor, Lori Norton.

Young writers dig for thoughts on 'dirt'

Dylan McClain of Miller Middle School sits in the tent that he won for his essay in the annual Backcountry Experience outdoor writing contest.

"Students have the opportunity to practice their public- speaking skills in front of a group of people from the community."

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