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Statewide magazine honors Rhinelander middle schoolersSubmitted: 01/23/2014

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Readers of Wisconsin Outdoor News magazine could find two different writings by
local students in their latest issue.

Both are by eighth graders at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.

Tyler Fredrick won first prize in a statewide poetry competition for his poem,
"The Message of Winter".

The project started as a joint assignment from his eighth grade teachers.

"I was kind of thinking, hey, this would be cool to enter. Chances are I
probably won't win, but it would be pretty cool if I did win," Tyler said.

The contest challenged students to write poems or prose about outdoor experiences.

Tyler took first prize statewide.

"I live in Rhinelander. It's really cold here. I might as well do winter.
That's how I came up with 'The Message of Winter'," he said.

"Tyler's writing really stood out in the fact that he had all of the types of
figurative language - similies, metaphors, personification. It was a really
neat representation of what we've been doing in class," said eighth grade
English teacher Karie Blemke.

Rhinelander eighth grader Grace Payfer took second prize in the prose division
with her work, "Springtime's Gift".

She wrote about her family's tradition of collecting maple sap in the woods.

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