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Graham Mesa fourth-grader wins first place in Colorado Young Writers’ Award contest

Bailey Bonet Braun won first place in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association’s (CCIRA) annual Colorado Young Writers’ Award contest. Bailey’s short story, “The Disastrous Antidote,” was selected from entries submitted in the Upper Primary third- and fourth-grade writers’ category.

She was honored at the Young Writers’ Luncheon held in conjunction with the organization’s state conference in Denver on Feb 8. Bailey is a fourth-grader at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle.



The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) is a professional organization of educators and community members dedicated to the promotion and advancement of literacy. The Young Writers Awards are given to students in Colorado, first through 12th grades, who show exemplary skills as an author through short stories with rich content, ideas, organization and word choice.


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