From a media release: Thirteen Georgia students have been named state-level winners of the 2014-2015 Young Georgia Authors writing competition, an annual competition sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. GaDOE and GCTE also named grade-level winners in every Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) district.
Callie Viktora, an Adairsville Elementary School student, wrote the winning third grade entry,
“Why the Beaver Has a Flat Tail.”
Once a long time ago it rained a lot in one place. All the animals who lived
there had no places to hide under, therefore they were soaking wet all the time. So
one day all the animals had a meeting ,”I’m tired of being wet all the time,” said the
wolf. “Does anyone have an idea of what to do?” “I know,” said the fast ,swift, and
strong crow, “I shall fly up with a rock and stop up the rain clouds.” “Good idea” said
the wolf. Now the storm clouds were huge and when he flew up and he was so fast
that it made the rock get heavier and heavier until finally the crow flew as slow as
any bird has ever flown before and has stayed that way ever since. Now, he had lost
all his strength from that rock and before he reached the first cloud he fell to the
ground and the rock clogged his mouth with dirt so when the animals lifted the rock
off him he cried, “Caw” trying to cough the dirt up. The crow has made that sound
Now the animals had another meeting. “Raven’s plan has failed,” said Wolf.
“What will we do now?” “I know” said a voice. “Who’s that?” said wolf. Out of the
back came a spider. Wolf looked at her “How?” he demanded? “I will clog the rain up
with a web of silk. “said the spider. “Good Idea” said Wolf and the plan was set into
action. However when she sent up her webs of silk they all floated down. Wolf
growled in disappointment at her when she came down because he was getting very
angry. As a result the spider ran up and lived in a high in her web to hide from wolf
Well, by now Wolf was desperate. “Anyone have an idea now?!” yelled Wolf.
A tiny whisper came out from a corner. “I have one” Beaver stepped out. “What?”
demanded Wolf? “I will chop down trees and build houses to hide under” he said,
“Get started,” said wolf. So beaver gnawed down trees and patted mud in with his
hands(which was quite hard) . He was finishing a house when he realized he needed
one more piece of wood. He went and gnawed and gnawed on a tree until he
thought, “Hmmm…, this one istoo hard. I’ll try another one.” But just when he
turned the tree fell. He ran only to save his body but his tail was smashed flat.
When Wolf saw this he thought beaver might try and smash the other
animals one day so he banned him to the river. Beaver was angry at being banned
and thought of a way to get his revenge. So, he made a house of wood that blocked
Wolf’s river(and this time beaver thought that using his tail would be much easier
than using his hands). Beaver laughed at Wolf for he could do nothing, Beaver had
stayed in the river so Beaver’s house has been like this ever since. Unfortunately,
Beaver’s tail did not puff back up so Beaver’s tail has been flat ever since as well.
The Young Georgia Authors Contest encourages students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, provides a context to celebrate writing successes, and recognizes student achievement in arts and academics. The competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia’s public schools, grades K-12.