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Albertsen wins KCRG’s Summer Writing Contest

August 15, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Brynn Albertsen, a sixth grader at Union Middle School, was selected a winner recently for KCRG's Summer Writing Contest, which focuses on writing about a personal hero.

"We got a text from one of my teachers about this contest and I thought it would be good to do an essay on Anne Frank because she's my hero," Brynn said. "I had already read the Diary of Anne Frank and had to do research about her, but I already liked reading about her. I admire how she was a normal girl like me, yet able to be calm with everything going on in her life."

Brynn, the daughter of Melissa and Ryan Albertsen of Buckingham, was one of nine eastern Iowa winners selected to receive $150 worth of prizes, four tickets to Adventureland and a grand prize of a $75 Visa Gift card.

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Brynn Albertsen

"I was very happy to learn I won," Brynn said. "I had just got back from a sleepover and my mom told me. I was shocked."

The middle schooler started writing the essay in the beginning of July, which only took a few days to write with a maximum of 500 words. She put down 450 woards and essentially earned a dollar a word after calculating the prize value.

"The definition of a hero is "a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities," Brynn wrote. "I think my hero, Anne Frank, meets this definition. I admire Anne because of her courage during the time she and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis.Anne is my hero because she faced a terrible situation, and even death, with courage. She kept a diary of her experience which captured her life during this difficult time."

"When her teacher first sent her this message, she was saying 'Brynn has always been a good writer and this would be good for her,'" Melissa said. "When you're 11, you don't have a lot of heroes because you're so young. I told her to focus on something that's not her mom or dad or grandma. Why don't you step out of the box and choose someone who's not an immediate family member? A lot of people do that."

Melissa believes the decision to do Anne Frank came from her daughter's own thoughts on how she'd handle Frank's situation herself. How would she react to being in hiding for so long? How did Frank appear calm for the most part?

"I enjoyed the fact I was able to put into words how I felt about her and why she was my hero," Brynn said.

Brynn plans to use some of the money for Starbucks and is going to Adventureland with family before school begins on Friday, Aug. 23.



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