Alva Middle School student places first in 2017 Duke TIP National Writing Contest
March 17, 2017
Jocie Shelton, a sixth-grade student at Alva Middle School, was among the winners of the 2017 Duke TIP Writing Contest. The contest is held annually for participants in the TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, and this year students were asked to write a story about a dog that has escaped from an animal control officer, from the dog's point of view. Jocie's story was selected as the first place winner in the sixth-grade division from over eight hundred submissions, nationwide.
Jocie is 11 years old. She is the daughter of Shannon and Magen Lehr and Shawn Shelton. Her family has a dog named Ma...