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WDC elementary student pens story to be published in book

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Elizabeth "Ellie" Miron said she loves to write stories, spend time with her dog, Chumley, and play on the WAFL football team.

When Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary student Elizabeth "Ellie" Miron was given an assignment to write a story about any subject, she found inspiration in her dog, Chumley.

Miron penned the story, "Chumley, The Show Dog" - a story about a little girl named Nicole who begs her parents for a dog of her own. At the pet store, Nicole finds a cute, brown dog, but unfortunately, the price of the dog was a bit steep. Nicole convinces her parents to buy the dog, under the condition that she trains him for the "Canine Extravaganza" Dog Show. With the help of a neighbor, Nicole and Chumley win the dog show and the prize money.

Miron wrote the story while artist-in-residence Stephen Peters conducted a writing workshop with WDC elementary students. The artist-in-residency was made possible through COMPAS Writers & Artists in the Schools program, whose mission is to strengthen young people's minds by engaging them in arts.

A book featuring students' stories from around the state - including Miron's story - is set to be published and distributed in December. In addition, Miron will be invited to the COMPAS Publication Celebration in St. Paul's Landmark Center on Dec. 11 to receive recognition from the organization.

WDC Principal Louie Rutten recognized Miron at a recent school board meeting for her writing achievement.

"Ellie took advantage of the great opportunity she had with our visiting author in residence," Rutten said. "Her imagination turned out an excellent story with great characters, word choice and voice. She is clearly a talented young writer with many more stories to tell."

Ellie is a fifth-grader at WDC Elementary and the daughter of Richard and Jacquelyn Miron of Wadena.

To view Miron's story, visit Wadena-Deer Creek's website at