Chaparral Middle School Writing Fair Contest Winners


Congratulations Te Tane Taiaroa, Kayley Veseth and Emma Granados of CMS.

The Writing Fair at Chaparral Middle School officially made a comeback for the 2023/24 school year. On March 19th, 2024, the grade level winners were selected, who will move on to the APS district-wide competition.

According to Miguel "RJ" Baca, Principal, of Chaparral Middle School his team “worked hard this year to build community relationships and the writing fair was a key piece of our mission to bring back multiple events for students this year that extend their learning opportunities beyond the classroom. The recent writing fair was the first event of it’s kind, since 2020, the year that Covid-19 closed schools.

He continued: “We had 76 entries into the writing fair by 67 students, which accounts for 12% of our student body.

We gave out 31 awards at our writing fair ceremony to 24 students, for which we sent out 80 invitations to students and guardians. Three of those awards are sweepstakes awards, for which funding was used to purchase books and engineering tools, like a 3D pen, as prizes.”

The sweepstakes winners from CMS include:

The First Place was awarded to Te Tane Taiaroa: age 13, he loves to read poetry and National Geographic (especially material about paleontology). He likes to write poems and short stories best. His goals for the future are to be famous or a paleontologist and he loves food.

The Second Place 
winner was Kayley Veseth: age 14, she loves to read and write poetry and romance. A future goal of hers is to become a romance author.

The Third
 place winner was Emma Granados: age 15, her favorite genres to read are anything fictional (adventure, fantasy, mystery, and horror). Her favorite genre to write is poetry. Her future goals include attending NMSU Las Cruces to study and be a teacher of either history or music. 

A total of 28 of those entries will be entered into the city level writing fair to compete against all middle schools in Alamogordo Public Schools on April 6th, the celebration for which will not take place until early May, amounting to a two month celebratory event for our Alamogordo community's young aspiring authors.

Principal Baca added his thanks to two individuals , “This event was brought back to life at CMS by Mrs. Katelynn Stone Assistant Principal with assistance from Robin Milne, CMS Librarian.”

    Congratulations to these fine aspiring young authors, all the participants and staff of CMS for the success of this writing event. 

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