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Irving ISD Students, Staff Win Big in Writing Contest


Irving, Texas. November 8, 2017

rving ISD is home to several winners of the Irving Public Library’s 2017 True Grit Essay Contest. Fourth grader Mikayla King took first place in the fourth and fifth-grade category, notably the only Irving ISD student to place at the elementary level. She is pictured with Stipes librarian Julie Mosty. MacArthur High School students swept the high school category as follows:

First place – Rafael Diaz
Second place – Aliza Askery
Third place – Elizabeth Beyene

Travis Middle School literary specialist Vanessa Vega won first place, and Singley Academy English teacher Mark Zeske, second. This year’s contest was inspired by the library’s community read selection, True Grit by Charles Portis. The library and Irving Arts Center recognized contest winners at an awards ceremony on October 26.

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