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Whitney Byington and Other HS Students Recognized by Alabama Center for the Book

Janie Fahey
The Level One category includes fourth through sixth grades. Highlands School was the only school in Alabama to have students as young as fourth and fifth grade participate in the contest. The following fourth - sixth grade Highlands students were recognized as semi-finalists at the State Level One this year: fourth graders Adelia Crawford, Carys Gonzalez, and Finn Pak; fifth graders Olivia Altamirano, Francie Bodnar, Whitney Byington, William Donald, Katherine Effinger, Olivia Honeycutt, Sela Komisar, Gordy Morris, Andy Schwebel, Zola Thompson, and Morganne Wever; and sixth grader, Reese Alexander.

During the award ceremony Whitney read the letter she wrote to Adeline Yen Mah, the author of Chinese Cinderella, a book which made a lifelong impact on Whitney when she read it as a third grader. Watch a video of Whitney reading her letter by following this link.
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Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

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