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Eshleman student earns Hershey Story Museum writing award

Congratulations to Eshleman Elementary School fifth-grader Teagan Collins, who recently earned an award in the Hershey Story Museum History Contest.

Teagan placed second in the junior fiction category for her first-person story about a young girl’s experience on the Titanic. 

Her entry was among the hundreds submitted by students in grades 5 through 8 from Lancaster, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties. Students could submit an essay, fictional account or a poem on a historical event, person or era. 

Teagan’s essay, “A Titanic Tale,” was about Maryanne O’Riley, a 14-year-old from Dublin, Ireland, traveling with her family to New York on the Titanic on April 12, 1912.

“She did a super job on the story, and I’m so happy for her,” said Teagan’s fifth-grade teacher, Mindy Swope. “Her writing is always remarkable, and she does such a great job trying all of the techniques from our writing lessons.”

Swope notified her class about the contest back in the fall, “and Teagan took it from there,” she said. 

Her essay will be posted next month on the Hershey Story Museum website. As a prize, Teagan will receive two tickets to Hersheypark, a 1-pound chocolate bar and a one-year family membership to the  Hershey Story Museum.

Teagan Collins and her teacher, Mindy Swope.
Teagan Collins and her teacher, Mindy Swope.