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Students Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Carrie Ryan
After school on May 21st, some Jennings County Middle School students had the opportunity to "e-meet" one of their favorite authors. Carrie Ryan, who resides in Charlotte, NC, is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Map to Everywhere", "Infinity Ring: Divide & Conquer," "Daughter of Deep Silence," and the popular "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" series. The students enjoyed light refreshments, then Skyped with the author. They asked her questions about her books, her writing process, and her career. She encouraged the aspiring authors, letting them know that even if you're from a small town, you can still have a career in writing if you set your mind to it. This activity was open to students in Survivor Book Club and other middle school students who had read Ryan's books. The students asked thoughtful, open-ended questions. Ryan was impressed by the respect the students showed her, their clear vocabulary, and the depth of the questions asked. They truly exhibited the Panther Way.
Back row left to right: Mikayla Michael, Andrew Everage-Scheible, Christina Henney, Damon Stephens, Mackenzie Spurlin, Rosemarie Wilder, Mary Leaghigh
Front row left to right: Lessa Ash, Arizona Harvey, Alyssa Wells, Ashely Streight
On the screen: author Carrie Ryan
Supervising (not pictured): Mrs. Meaghan Ahlbrand & Mrs. Kathy Marsh