The theme for the 2008-2009 Young Author’s Competition was “Bridges.” Authors were encouraged to write in any genre including poetry or prose. The selections could be fiction or non-fiction. Students were encouraged to consider various types of bridges: physical structures, building bridges (making friends), over the bridge(a traveling adventure), a bridge to cross(facing fears or overcoming obstacles), or connecting bridges(multi-cultural experiences).
The O’Neal school submitted over fifty entries in both Lower and Middle School. Forty-seven of them are county winners representing Kindergarten through eighth grades. The county winners then moved to the North Carolina Young Author’s competition sponsored by the North Carolina Reading Association. Thirty-six students in Moore County are state winners. Nine of those winners are O’Neal students. They are: Will Blackwood (Kindergarten), son of Lindsay and Sherwood Blackwood of Southern Pines; Jenna Burns (2nd grade), daughter of Andrea and Brian Burns of Pinehurst; Pait Bryan (4th grade), son of Wendy and Carl Bryan of Sanford; Olivia Butters (4th grade), daughter of Amy Butters of Pinehurst; Margaux Winter(4th grade), daughter of Francine and James Winter of Southern Pines; Karis Horner (6th grade), daughter of Lee Ann and Bill Horner of Sanford; Madelyn Davis (8th grade), daughter of Holly and Carty Davis of Pinehurst; Garrett Klumpar (8th grade), son of Page and David Klumpar of Pinehurst; and Katherine McMurray (8th grade), daughter of Konni and Brian McMurray of Pinehurst.
The O’Neal School is a college preparatory, independent day school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten thru 12th grade. It is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students in an environment where self-discipline, integrity, and consideration for others are fundamental. The O’Neal School is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Contact Alice Droppers, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 ext. 103. for more information or hop onto www.OnealSchool.org.