On Friday, Oct. 19, GATE Students and Book Club members attended the second annual Youth Adult Southern (YAS) Book Conference. Mrs. Nancy Skipworth, Mrs. Lauren Fynboe, and Ms. Jesse Nugent traveled with the students to Western Kentucky University where the event commenced at 9a.m. in the Downing Student Union Building. Free tee-shirts were handed out to the students before they ventured off on their own to interact with a room full of authors. The authors’ genres ranged from romance, fantasy, fiction, crime, and much more. RHS students were able to personally talk with authors and gain insight into the world of publishing. Throughout the day, numerous panel reviews and workshops were held for people to learn about the skills of creative writing. Several students purchased books from authors at the event and traveled back to school with knowledge, books, and full bellies. The event was very beneficial for the students who aspire to become authors themselves or those that just like to read. The students chose to eat at a restaurant within the campus such as Chick-Fil-A or Steak & Shake. Near the event’s end, the students explored the campus and met new people. The trip was amazing, and the students had an absolutely great time! Special thanks to the teachers that went on the field trip and helped make it possible for the students to go on such a fun trip!
(Article by Matthew Williams)