Writing Contest Winners 2015 — 3rd and 4th Grades
Congratulations to the following 3rd and 4th grade winners of the “PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!!
1st Place: Francis, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 4 from Lansdale, PA for the story entitled “The Unexpected Hero”. Francis’s wonderful winning story is reprinted below.
2nd Place: Grace, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 4 from Philadelphia, PA for the story entitled “Bacon Is for Eating”.
3rd Place: Vivian, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 4 from Lansdale, PA for the story entitled “A Brother’s Love”.
The winners have been notified and will be receiving their prizes from the sponsors shortly.
Special thanks to all the students who participated! You did a fantastic job! We can tell that you all worked very hard.
Special thanks to the following Sponsors who helped make this contest possible:
- The Institute for Excellence in Writing
- Peace Hill Press &
- Silver Lining Press
Special thanks also to the panel of judges who worked to select the winners:
- Rosario Cintron
- Theresa George
- Pam Halter
- Kim Kremer
- Michelle Lofton
As promised, following is a reprint of Francis’s fantastic winning story:
“The Unexpected Hero”
“Run, Henrietta!” Henry screamed. “Run!” But his twin sister wouldn’t move. She just stood there, knees knocking, frozen in fear. Slowly the creature approached, snarling with fangs bared. The neighborhood dog, Ripper, jumped at Henrietta and knocked her over. She screamed and Henry grabbed hold of Ripper’s tail and pulled. The dog whirled around and growled a low, angry growl. “Run!” Henry screamed again, and this time Henrietta didn’t need another warning. She ran so fast that in seconds she was out of sight. Henry faced the dog and looked him in the eye. Just as the dog leapt at Henry, Henry fell on the ground and rolled to the right. Henry jumped up and ran up the hill from which he had come. He took a shortcut to his house and was there in a few minutes, Ripper still chasing behind him. He unlocked the door and shut it in Ripper’s face. The door made a loud bang and locked behind Henry.
Henry sat on his bed, wondering about what had happened to him and Henrietta. It had been the third time that week Ripper had chased them. He was the school bully’s dog who was the most mean, horrible, terrible dog in the neighborhood. If he kept attacking them they would always be late for dinner and might get bitten!
Henrietta sat down next to Henry. “Are you thinking about Ripper?” she asked.
“Yeah. How will we gt him to stop attacking us?” asked Henry, a worried expression in his eyes.
“Well, we could ask his owner’s mom to keep him in his cage at the time we are getting back from school,” replied Henrietta.
“Okay, but what if she forgets? Then it will happen all over again. Ripper runs out, knocks one of us over, and then chases us back to our house,” Henry said.
“Well, if that happens, I don’t know what to say,” said Henrietta. Then Henry had an idea.
The next day, early in the morning, Henry walked to Ripper’s house. He knocked on the door. A tall woman answered the door. “Hello. Can I help you?” she asked.
“Yes. It’s your dog, Ripper. He has been, well, interfering with me and my sister when we come back from school. May I see him for a few minutes?” Henry asked, hoping she would say yes.
“Alright, but don’t stay long. I have to walk my son to school and I don’t want him to be late,” the woman said and led Henry to the backyard. Henry saw Ripper huddled up in a ball in his crate. Right when Henry stood in from of of him, Ripper looked up at him with sleepy eyes. Suddenly he jumped up and started to bark deep, loud barks. Henry held out a dog treat Ripper’s owner had given him and fed it the dog. Ripper grabbed it out of Henry’s hand and chomped on it. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Henry walked to the right of the dog’s cage and stroked his back. Ripper growled. “Goodbye, Ripper. See you tomorrow,” said Henry in his sweet voice that he would use whenever he talked to a dog. He walked away and left Ripper’s house just in time to catch the school bus.
Every day that week Henry and Henrietta would go to Ripper’s house and give him treats and pet him. Every day Ripper was nicer and nicer. On the last day of the week Henry opened up Ripper’s crate and let him out. He jumped on Henry, but he was not attacking him. He was wagging his tail and licked Henry’s face. Henry and Henrietta both laughed. They played with Ripper and Ripper played with them. They threw balls for Ripper and he retrieved them. They brought presents to Ripper and he loved the presents. But the next day was different from the rest.
The next day Henry did not go down to see Ripper. Instead, he packed his bag and got his pencils. He grabbed his textbook and his spelling homework. He packed his lunch and ate his breakfast. He said goodbye to Mommy and Daddy and ran to the bus stop. He played hopscotch with his friends, Teddy and Mollie. On his turn, when he was at the last square, he fell. His head hit the road and he yelled for help, “Mollie! Teddy! Help me up, please!” But his friends stood there, as if they were unable to move. It all happened in slow motion to Henry. The school bus wheel was about to roll over him and then Henry was being taken off the ground and he started to fly. No, he wasn’t flying. He was being carried by the hood of his sweatshirt in a big, furry mouth — Ripper! Ripper stopped running and licked Henry’s face. Henry slowly reached up to touch the dog’s snout. Ripper had saved him! Mollie, Henrietta, and Teddy ran over to see Henry.
“Are you all right!?” asked Mollie.
“I think I’m okay,” said Henry, almost in a whisper.
The bus driver ran over. “What happened?” he asked.
“You almost squished this kid like he was a piece of gum!” cried Teddy. Teddy pulled a piece of gum out of his mouth and thought about throwing it at the retreating bus driver.
“I’m okay, really,” said Henry and sat up. He hugged Ripper’s neck. “This is Ripper,” Henry announced, “Ripper the Hero!”
Posted by Gwen Fredette on December 16th, 2015