Kyle Baird is the only Bullitt County Public School student recognized by Kentucky Education Television with a 2018 Young Writer’s Award for Archer’s Confidence.
KET North Central Region Education Consultant Larry Moore presented Kyle with a Certificate of Recognition for Third Place and a goody-filled gift bag during an assembly at Pleasant Grove Elementary School where Kyle is a fourth grade student in Tonya Lynch’s class.
“This is a great honor for Kyle,” Moore said.
The nine year-old daughter of Bobbi and Justin Baird was completely surprised by the honor and did not notice the arrival of her parents and grandparents, Tony and Sherry Lee as she was participating in a rally for the upcoming KPREP testing window.
As Moore announced her name, Kyle walked to the middle of the gymnasium still wondering what was happening.
She was also curious about the presence of loved ones as she cast a glancing smile their way.
Moore applauded Kyle on her winning composition and emphasized the importance of being a good reader and writer.
“This young lady is on her way to success in life,” he said.
Both Bobbi Baird and Tonya Lynch remarked about Kyle’s love of reading.
“When Kyle is not doing school work, she’s reading,” Tonya said.
“It seems like she always has a book in her hand,” Bobbi said, adding the KET contest was a suggestion from her teacher and not an assignment.
Kyle wanted to enter it,” Bobbi said. “She sat down and wrote Archer’s Confidence. It speaks about her character that she volunteered to enter the competition.”
Kyle was also congratulated by PGES Library Media Specialist Alison Egan and Counselor Elizabeth Barnett.
“Kyle is such a joy,” Egan said. “She concentrates hard on schoolwork and has a love of reading.”
“We are very proud of Kyle’s accomplishment,” Barnett said. “She is an excellent student.”
Kyle said her favorite reading genre is historical fiction but she likes all material.
“I just love to read,” she smiled.
KET sponsors the annual contest encouraging creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry.
This year, KET received more than 1,200 submissions, representing more than 280 schools from 17 states.
“Our KET team was impressed by the talent and creativity reflected in the entries we received – so much so that for the first time, we are naming not only the three top winners in each category but also multiple finalists whose work, we felt, was also worthy of recognition,” said Tonya Crum, KET’s senior director of education.