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Wry's work selected for publication

A poster on the wall and meaningful conversations with several adults may have been just the push a local youth needed to get started on a literary career.

RIVER HEBERT A poster on the wall and meaningful conversations with several adults may have been just the push a local youth needed to get started on a literary career.

Nicole Wry, a Grade 6 student at River Hebert Elementary School, has been writing poetry for two years. Since Grade 4, she has completed 36 poems and started numerous others.

It is this kind of determination that Carolyn Wilson, branch assistant for the Cumberland Regional Library, saw in Nicole.

Nicole loves to read and is a wonderful writer, Wilson said.

Nicole had seen a flyer about a poetry contest that was posted on our bulletin board. She came to me and asked me about it and all I said was you should give it a try.

And try she did.

Nicole went home, talked to her stepfather, who told her to write about something that matters to her. That night she created a lovely poem titled In the Earths Eyes.

The next day she took the poem back to Wilson, who helped Nicole e-mail the poem into the contest and, within weeks, received a letter from the contest. The letter said her poem was chosen for publication in the book entitled, From Wayside to Woodland, An Anthology of Verse, due for release January 2008.

I like writing poetry. I write about all kinds of things. Some are good and some are not so good. If I start one and dont like it I just put it away and someday I will come back to it, Wry said.

I chose to write about Mother Earth because I care about what is going on and how we must do something about it, its important to me, she added.

Nicoles inspiration from her classmates is very easy to see.

Outside of the Grade 6 classroom, is a wall dedicated to a poem that Nicole wrote for her classmates entitled, Fall. The artwork surrounding the poem was created by her fellow classmates.

Im so pleased that Nicoles poem was chosen. She worked so hard and she never gives up, Wilson said.

I would really like to thank Carolyn, she supported me and believed that I could do it, said a grateful Nicole. She even taught me how to use the e-mail. Thank you Carolyn.

Carolyn isnt the only one impressed with Nicoles writing.

Nicole is an inspiration to everyone in her class, she shares and writes poems for us, remarked Nicoles teacher, Denise Cail.

This my first year at the school and to have someone like Nicole in my class is wonderful. It is great to see some one of Nicoles age with so much self-confidence. Students of this age really need to feel good about themselves, she added.

Wry hopes all her classmates can be as successful as she is and urges them to try their hand at writing.

Keep on trying and keep on rhyming and never give up.

Organizations: River Hebert Elementary School, Cumberland Regional Library

Geographic location: River Hebert, Wayside

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