MARY JO NETTESHEIM LITERARY COMPETITION Mary Jo Nettesheim Literacy Award Winners!

During the 1982 Delta Kappa Gamma International Convention, a survey revealed that members saw a need for students to use their writing skills and artistic talents, hence; in 1985, Wisconsin established the Mary Jo Nettesheim Literary Competition. Over the years, grades 3-12 were included, with Illustrator Awards being added in 1990. At this time, Wisconsin’s Sigma State is the only state in the Delta Kappa Gamma International Organization to sponsor a Literary Competition.
Local chapters contact schools in their area and provide them with competition rules, suggestions for getting started and the date finished books are due to the local chapter. Each local chapter then judges the original fiction and/or enhanced personal narrative books based on Story Structure/Organization, Creativity/ Originality, accomplished spelling, sentence structure and grammar, as well as, Presentation/Illustrations.
Up to ten of the local chapter winners are sent to the state level. The books are judged again, with these books also being judged for illustrations. Illustrations are judged for their Originality, Appropriateness to text, Continuity throughout the story, Creative use of art media and techniques, Cover Design and Neatness.
Winning books are displayed at the Spring Sigma State Convention. Top winners are invited to the convention luncheon and asked to read their books to the Delta Kappa Gamma Members.
Todd Lowney Seymour Rock ledge fourth grade teacher wrote:
“I knew we had a great group of students and they cleaned house at the fourth grade level by placing first, second and third at the Regional Level. In addition, I had four other students advance to sate as well.”

All of Seymour’s participants and winners for the Sigma State’s Annual Mary Jo Nettesheim Memorial Literary and Illustrator Competition. Front Row: Left to right, Bree Schuettpelz, Kayla Miller, and Nicholi Chalker. Second Row: Jordan Thompson, Justin Pintar, Jaelyn Wenniger, Maya Vande Kolk, Ava Peters, and Danielle Leisgang. Back Row: Abby Dey, Ian Jones, Kyler Marks, Nixon Heinke, Carson Johnson, Haley Peterson, Ella Linsmeyer, and Representatives from the Omicron Chapter Jackie Breier and Mary Kay Hedtke. – Submitted Photo