AJHS 7th grader authors honored with tea

Matthew Beasley, Bryan McCorvey and James Posey penned a trilogy.

Matthew Beasley, Bryan McCorvey and James Posey penned a trilogy.

Andalusia has more than 140 newly-published authors, each of whom was honored yesterday at an Authors’ Tea.

Andalusia Junior High School seventh grade language arts teacher Candy Parker said students began the project the second week of school.

Everybody got a paper sack, with a shoe. Somewhere in the classroom, someone had drawn the matching shoe, and those two became partners.

Initially, partners worked together to develop a character.

“Some of them write about the character they develop, others write about a character then have in mind,” Parker said. “It’s a way to get started. That’s the biggest struggle for them.”

The students start with characteristics. How old is the character? When was he born? Some write fiction, while others write largely autobiographical material.

James Posey plans his introduction.

James Posey plans his introduction.

For instance, as each student shared a little about his or her book during the tea, one student explained that her character fails a test and then worries what people would think of her. In her dedication, that student said her book was dedicated partially to herself, because she knew what that felt like.

Samantha Kelley talks about her book.

Samantha Kelley talks about her book.

Savannah Kelley’s book was “A Second Chance.”

“It’s about a bracelet that makes the day repeat,” she explained, adding that she got the idea from a Christmas movie. Savannah enjoys writing and said she might become an author.

Matthew Beasley, James Posey and Bryan McCorvey worked as partners in the beginning, and liked their character Drake Drexington so much, they penned a triology.

In Matthew’s book, Drake participates in lacrosse playoffs. In Bryan’s book, Drake is drafted to a team and helps win the championship. In James’ book, Drake is again drafted – this time to the Army.

Parker said this is the third year that students have published books, thanks to a grant from the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club.

Many of the students have never typed assignments before, and they are required to use google docs to submit assignments to Parker, and to edit and proof each other’s work.

roud moms Daphne Posey and Tara Dalton were on hand for the tea.

Proud moms Daphne Posey and Tara Dalton were on hand for the tea.

An earlier class did a presentation on their books for the Andalusia Study Club, who in turn also wanted to help. Club members hosted three successive teas for the seventh graders yesterday.

Now that their books are done, the students are working on 33-page autobiographies.

 

 

News

Two arrested on drug, weapon charges after multi-agency operation in Opp

News

DAR announces 2023-2024 Youth Leadership, Good Citizens award recipients

News

GALLERY: Officials, Straughn community celebrate opening of Straughn School Auditorium

News

AACC, ALPALS join forces for Clean and Green initiative

News

National Weather Service warns of multiple hazards as weather event moves into area

News

Former Fletcher’s store manager pleads guilty to first degree theft

News

County commission approves purchases for sheriff’s office

Andalusia High School

Brenna Wells, AHS graduate receives Brooke Owens Fellowship; to intern with San Francisco tech company

News

GALLERY: Child Advocacy Center celebrates opening of new location

News

Mayor, Beacon of Hope recognize Autism Awareness Month

News

CCBOE approves nine personnel matters, accepts bids for projects at three schools

News

Management firm dismissed from lawsuit

News

‘Timeless Fashions’ set for Saturday at historic train depot

News

Scammers try to target Andalusia police chief

News

Loango residents request county’s help with vicious dogs

News

PowerSouth dedicates new Lowman Energy Center

News

Horry teams up with SureCo to take on health insurance

News

Child Advocacy Center prepares for grand opening of new location

News

Mizell Hospital to open STAT clinic in April

News

City, veterans recognize ‘Vietnam National Memorial Day’

News

Covington County’s unemployment holds steady in February

News

APD charges five suspects after weekend altercation involving shots fired

News

Corrections deputy receives Distinguished Service Medal

News

Students attend Youth Tour, compete for trip to Washington