Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament: The annual Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament is held each year in February. Students in grades 3-5 can sign up to participate. Information is sent out to students and families in January.
Young Authors: The Young Authors’ Conference, held each year in May at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council, in conjunction with the Illinois Reading Council. Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books. The Illinois Reading Council’s website has details about the statewide conference, which District 109 winners will attend, and the documents section of this page includes a folder with Young Authors documents.