Comal ISD 6th grader becomes published author

Mayumi Torres, 11, of Pieper Ranch Middle School had her essay included in Wild West Magazine

Pieper Ranch Middle School sixth grade students were presented with “Young Author Award” certificates Friday, Feb. 28, for their essay submissions to Wild West Magazine, Pictured from left in back are sixth grade ELA teachers Amy Wiley and Nichole Reid along with PRMS Principal Scott Hammond; middle row, Andrew Grinestaff, Stevie Conrad, Grant Oling, Logan Barker, Kennedi Diamond and ELA teacher Nina Guevara; front row, Hunter Samples, Ryan Cortez, Mayumi Torres and Alec Nohe. Not pictured are Nicholus Jordon Crow, Karter Graham and Rebekah Deemer. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A sixth grade student in the Comal Independent School District can now claim she is a published author after her 500-word essay was included as part of a bimonthly magazine.

Mayumi Torres, 11, of Pieper Ranch Middle School had her essay titled “Bill Pickett, the Bulldogger” included in the February issue of Wild West Magazine, a part of

As a result of the publication, Torres received a certificate, a letter and a plaque.

According to a press release, Torres along with her fellow Pre-AP English language arts classmates entered the writing contest as an assignment. David Lauterborn, the managing editor of Wild West accepted the top 12 essays, and he and his staff chose the winning entry.

The “Young Author Award” honorees also include Logan Barker, Stevie Conrad, Ryan Cortez, Nicholus Jordon Crow, Rebekah Deemer, Kennedi Diamond, Carter Graham, Andrew Grinestaff, Alec Nohe, Grant Oling and Hunter Samples. The ELA teachers who made it happen are Nichole Reid, Amy Wiley and Nina Guevara.

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