For Alison, `writing is always fun'

Student achiever

September 19, 2001

The student: Alison Spatz, 8

School: Ilchester Elementary

Special achievement: She was one of two third-graders chosen to represent the school in the State of Maryland International Reading Association Young Authors' Writing Contest held last December. Alison wrote a short story about "a very talented dog named Ace" who travels to the moon and meets various creatures there. "One was a three-eyed black-toed turtle," Alison wrote. "And that wasn't even close to how exciting it was to see the three-headed, fifteen-eyed, twenty-four-legged alien."

What was her inspiration? "I just really like aliens, and dogs are my favorite animals."

When does she write? In addition to school assignments, Alison loves to write on her own. "Sometimes I'm bored. And when I'm at a boring part in a book so I can't read and then when my mom and dad are busy and I can't play games, so I just write stories and I really get into it."

Will she continue to write? "I think I'll keep on writing 'til I'm dead 'cause writing is always fun and you can do anything in it. You don't always have to go by the rules."

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