Winton Hills Academy Students Win National Book Contest

March 12, 2019

Reported by Lucy May and Emily Maxwell

Four Winton Hills Academy students visited Cincinnati civil rights pioneer Marian Spencer in December to show her a book they created about her.

The girls visited again on Monday, this time to tell Spencer their book won a national competition.

Spencer gave each young author a hug and kiss on the cheek before thanking them for the honor.

“I expect them to do well in everything, especially in school,” Spencer told the girls’ principal. “Our future is in them.”

This is the second year in a row Winton Hills students have won a national book-writing competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania-based National Youth Foundation.

The four students — Serenity Mills, Janyia New, Aliyana O’Neal and Nakiyah Ray — worked together to write and illustrate Marian Spencer: A Light in the Darkness.

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