Kimpton Middle School student Aubrey Crawley won first place in the Journalism Writing contest at the 20th annual Reading and Writing Festival at Kent State University.Kimpton students Holly Lowry placed first and Kyle Brown placed second in the Group Writing competition, while Analee Haas, also from Kimpton, captured fifth in Impromptu Writing.Sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact, the goal of the Reading and Writing Festival is to stimulate student reading and increase the level of student writing and other skills. Guest author Margaret Peterson Haddix spoke with the students during the annual event. The annual contest drew more than 250 middle school students from the Compact and other school districts.Festival Planning Committee members include Pat Kline and Bob McBee from the Stow-Munroe Falls School District and Christina Getrost from the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.In addition to writing competitions and opportunities to win prizes for creative writing, festival activities included a book quiz, writing workshops, dramatic activities and an opportunity to speak with the guest authors.Haddix, a former community college instructor, as well as newspaper copy editor and reporter, published her first book in 1995. Since then, the author has written more than 20 books for children and teens. Additionally, she has received national recognition, as well as numerous state reader's choice awards for her books. A reception and book signing for Haddix took place at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library prior to the festival. Don Gallo, who is a recipient of the ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature and well-known editor of 11 collections of short stories written for young adults, also conducted sessions.The Six District Educational Compact provides career programs, services and additional resources for students of the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge school districts.