Terrific Tuesday: Celebrating Achievement

Alexis Riester of Columbia and Dr. Carmen Battaglia, president of the Dog Writers Association of America are shown at the 2012 awards dinner of the Dog Writers Association of America in New York City.

Alexis Riester of Columbia and Dr. Carmen Battaglia, president of the Dog Writers Association of America, are shown at the 2012 DWAA awards dinner in New York.

This is so exciting!

Mom Karen and I are announcing something special for my blog. Beginning this week, I would like to recognize students, teachers, schools, businesses and others who have achieved a special honor in writing or are doing something to promote reading, writing or literacy.  Those who are featured on the blog will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.

Today, we are recognizing Alexis Riester of Columbia who was named the recipient of the 2012 Young Writer’s Award by the Dog Writers Association of America. The annual contest honors excellence in writing about dogs, and our friend Alexis, who wrote a poem for one of Mom Karen’s books, was nominated for the award and won! Not only that, Alexis won the Poetry Award, too, for the poem “Farewell, My Friend” in the book, “Ivy, the True Tail of America’s No. 1 Canine Sleuth.”

Mom Karen and Alexis went to New York for the awards dinner, always held on the night before the start of the Westminster Dog Show. They also attended the dog show, though I was left in South Carolina. Who made that decision! After all, I’m a pretty posh pooch, too!

Alexis is such a talented writer and has a bright future.

The 2013 DWAA awards dinner will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, in New York, and another young writer will receive the award, now being sponsored by Mom Karen.

So, if you know a student who has a great achievement in his or life or a teacher, business, organization or individual who is doing something exceptional to promote literacy and language, please email me at LouiseSpeaks@gmail.com.

Mom Karen will send you an application to fill out, and of course we want a photo, too!

To learn more about Alexis’ award, visit http://www.thecolumbiastar.com/news/2012-02-24/Front_Page/BC_student_wins_at_Westminster.html.

Do you have a favorite book about a dog? Or have you written a poem or story about a dog? Let us know!

And don’t forget to email me so that we can tell your amazing achievement!

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