Color the Junior Dispatch’s alien mascot

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In summer 2012, the Junior Dispatch, the York Emporium and the York County Libraries ran a contest where readers got to write about the space adventures of aliens. To go along with the competition, we also created a mascot for the event — this little alien!

Well, now you can add your own touches to our design by coloring the alien however you want. It can have green skin and purple eyes. Is the alien’s space suit pink or orange? It’s up to you to decide!

Click on the image for a printer friendly version of this drawing, color it and then mail it back to us so we can post it here.

Get even more coloring pages at the Junior Dispatch’s COLORING PAGE section!

 

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See and hear the winning alien stories

We asked some Dreamwrights actors to give us a dramatic reading of our first-place winning stories in the “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest.

Jasmine Null’s “Sam’s Alien Encounter”: http://youtu.be/6sVm9NMzpig



Brooke Hoffler’s “Ring of Alien-dividuality”: http://youtu.be/F3uzMQLuCf0



Hannah List’s “Trumper the Alien”: http://youtu.be/YrkddcRa1Mw


You can congratulate the winners at our special awards ceremony set for Friday, Oct. 5 at the York Emporium. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and will include a special “Your First Comic” class, coloring pages and snacks.


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Short story contest — First-place winners

The Junior Dispatch would like to thank all of the participants in our short story contest. There were a lot of really great submissions.

It’s finally time to announce the first-place winners in our short story contest, which Junior Dispatch held in conjunction with the York County Libraries and the York Emporium.

We asked our young authors to create an original story about aliens from outer space. With more than a hundred entries, we’re proud to bring you our top winners in the three age categories.

The grand-prize winners, who will each earn $100 in prizes, are:

13 to 18 AGE GROUP

SAM’S ALIEN ADVENTURE:  Was written by Jasmine Null, 17, of Hanover and is about some observers from afar.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

THE RING OF ALIEN-DIVIDUALITY: Was written by Brooke Hoffler, 12, of Dillsburg, and is about a girl’s ring and the secrets it holds.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

TRUMPER THE ALIEN: Was written by Hannah List, 7, of Red Lion, and is about a girl and a pumpkin.

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

To celebrate these amazing stories, we give you a look at the life of a domestic alien … Alf! http://youtu.be/BUYdJI-bauA

Just in case you missed the announcements of our other winners, here are links to those posts.

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Short story contest — Second-place winners

We’re back. On Tuesday we announced the third-place winners of Junior Dispatch’s “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest, which we offered with the help of the York Emporium and the York County Libraries.

We received more than 100 entries and now we are announcing the second-place winners in each of our age categories. First-place winners will be announced Thursday.


13 to 18 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Emily Zeidman, 13, of Windsor, for the story titled “Totally Typical.” Read the story here about teen’s run in with a friendly alien.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Asha Mir-Young, 10, of York, for the story titled “My New Friend Namo.” Read the story here about a plant-like alien.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

Awarded to Bella Wagner, 6, of Windsor, for the story titled “The Hideous Alien.” Read the story here about a visitor from Uranus.

As third-prize winners, these amazing writers earn a $10 movie gift card and a $10 gift certificate from the York Emporium.

To celebrate these winners, we offer you a look at Earth’s defenses against the alien hordes — The Men in Black! Enjoy the video. http://youtu.be/nvGQbtzUCc4

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

Background image provided by Torley via Flickr.com.

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Short story contest — Third place winners

After weeks of reading and evaluating the crack team of Junior Dispatch literary judges have made their selections on the best stories submitted in our “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest, which Junior Dispatch offered with the help of the York Emporium and the York County Libraries.

We received more than 100 entries and now we are announcing the third place winners in each of our age categories. First and second place winners will be announced Wednesday and Thursday.

13 to 18 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Ashley Fife, 13, of Wrightsville for the story titled “The Undecided Tale.” Read the story here about an invasion that happened centuries ago.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Brandon Secret, 11, of Jacobus for the story titled “A Silver Ball.” Read the story here about a very unique sort of alien scout.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

Awarded to Riley Lang, 7, or Windsor for the story titled “The Aliens are Visiting.” Read the story here about a very special gift for the visitors.

As third-prize winners, these amazing writers earn a $10 movie gift card and a $10 gift certificate from the York Emporium.

To celebrate these winners, we offer you a great example of alien fiction — Looney Tunes! Enjoy the video. http://youtu.be/iuXpXcbOFLo

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

Background image provided by Brian Finifter via Flickr.com.

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What stories won? Find out Sept. 18-20

After reading and judging more than 100 entries, the Junior Dispatch is set to announce the winners of its creative writing contest held over the summer.

The winners will be revealed next week, with a new set of winners announced Tuesday through Thursday:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Third-place winners announced ($10 movie gift card and $10 gift certificate from the York Emporium).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 -- Second-place winners announced ($20 movie gift card and $20 gift certificate from the York Emporium).
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 – First-place winners announced ($50 movie gift card and $50 gift certificate from the York Emporium).

The contest, which asked kids up to age 18 to write about alien life forms, featured three different age categories (Ages 7 and under, ages 8 to 12 and ages 13 to 18).

The winners will get their prizes in a special ceremony at The York Emporium.

Read the official rules of the contest here.

Read through the entries for Ages 7 and under here, ages 8 to 12 here and ages 13 to 18 here.

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The alien school

Aliens artwork by Anna G. Hawkins

By Anna G. Hawkins,
Age 9, Dover

Introduction:

Once in the year 2012 there was a school of aliens. The teacher was named Miss Suzy. She had 20 students in her class. One day the class was learning about planets. Miss Suzy thought, “Why not take them on a field trip to SEE the different planets?” So they did. The class loved it.

Now I’ll let you hear the story …

It was the day of the field trip and the class of aliens was running around the classroom shouting, tidying up, and doing last minute packing of water, Band-aids, and mats to sit on until Miss Suzy finally said, “Attention … it’s time to go.”

The class room was abuzz with fear, excitement, and lots of noise …”yippee” “yeah” “let’s go” “oh no.”

“Okay, okay class,” said Miss Suzy, “in the bus.”

First they went to Mercury. “Mercury has round craters that cover the planet’s surface. The craters formed when asteroids and comets hit the planet.”

Next they traveled to Venus. “Although Venus isn’t the closest planet to the sun it’s the hottest. Any oceans that Venus once had have all boiled away.”

Next they traveled to Earth. “Earth thinks it’s the only planet with living things.” The class gasped. “It should stay like that. We should never be seen.” The class nodded smoothly, fast, and quietly.

Next they traveled to Mars. “Mars has a rocky surface with deep canyons, tall mountains, and huge volcanoes. One of the volcanoes is the biggest in the whole solar system.”

Next they traveled to Jupiter. “Jupiter has a great red spot. The great red spot is bigger than the entire Earth. Inside of the spot is a horrible storm.” The class screamed.

Next they traveled to Saturn. “Saturn has the brightest rings of all four outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.”

Next they traveled to Uranus. “Uranus has 11 rings.”

Last they traveled to Neptune. “Neptune has 13 moons.”

Then they went back to their regular class room. Bob said, “That was fun.”

Anna said, “No, that was funner than fun!”

Sarah said, “Miss Suzy, can we soon go again?”

Then they made planets, stars, and asteroids to hang from the ceiling. The next day they had a planet test and everyone got 100 percent! “I think that the field trip helped,” thought Miss Suzy.

And if you’re wondering the answer to Sarah’s question they did.

Roundup:

Mercury — Round craters cover the planet’s surface. The craters formed when asteroids and comets hit the planet!

Venus — Venus is so hot that any oceans it once had have all boiled away!

Earth — As far as we know, Earth is the only planet with living things!

Mars — Its rocky surface has deep canyons, tall mountains and huge volcanoes. Mars has the largest volcanoes in the solar system!

Jupiter — Jupiter has a Great Red Spot. The spot is bigger than the entire Earth!

Saturn — Saturn has the brightest rings of all four outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune)!

Uranus — Uranus has 11 rings!

Neptune — Neptune has 13 moons!

THE END

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Ugula and his adventure!

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Brieanna Lantz
Age 11, Dover

Once upon a stars, there was an alien named Ugula! He was always in the mood for adventure! When he was born he’d seen the wildest thing that he has ever laid his 20 eyes on! So he came to earth millions of times to find what this magnificent creature was! But sadly, he had no luck! All he could remember was that it was colorful, full with pictures, and full with words! He looked in newspapers but they were just full of words and pictures! It needed to have color too! He looked in a kaleidoscope, but that only had color!

“Poor Ugula!” said his mother! “All he wants to do is find that mysterious creature! I wish I could tell him what it is, But I can’t even remember what it looked like!”

Later on that day, Ugula was playing in the yard. “I wish I could see what I saw when I was a baby!” said Ugula! Right then a astronaut landed on their front lawn!

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The aliens and the kidnap

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Paige Lantz
Age 10, Dover

Once upon a galaxy their was a planet in our solar system that we never knew was there. There was a species of aliens on this planet. These green 12 eyed creatures had an idea that they were trying to make happen for years! They wanted to go to the only planet in our solar system where there was life!

They traveled to all the other planets in the Milky Way but they found no life, just plain old nothing. They finally took one of their ships to hover over Earth, and they did it!

They found the only planet in the Milky Way where there was life. Of course there was life on their planet since there were aliens on it but no one knew it existed. So the aliens in the ship flew back to planet Cattail (named after the plant) and celebrated, then got to work planning their plan to take a trip to Earth and kidnap a special somebody. The aliens did have a reason and their reason was to learn science to make more aliens from the amazing scientist Albert Einstein. They looked on all the planets in the Milky Way to see if they could find him and they knew there had to be life. So they had an alien named Amelia be their captain of the mission.

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Surviving on Snexle

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Marietta Sisca
Age 11, Lewisberry

It was a dark and stormy night. Ubleckein poured down and dashed against the window of the observatory. “1 wonder if we’ll ever get home?” thought Ashan.

Ashan was one of the first kid astronauts. She had been at space camp in the space shuttle Endeavor. Her team and she were feeling what it was like to blast off. The engines had been on standby so the rocket wouldn’t blast off, but there was a malfunction and they had blasted off. Her team had programed the ship to go to Mars, but the ship had been thrown off course by a meteor shower. They had landed on the planet Snexle in the asteroid belt, and befriended some aliens who had helped build
the observatory.

The aliens were about a foot tall and 8 inches wide. They were covered in fur and had antennas with little balls on the ends. Their arms and legs were thin. They had mostly transparent wings with a tint of the color of their fur.

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Cole’s alien friends


This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Cole Holloway
Age 6, Dover

Aliens are visiting me to play with me and go to eat pizza at CiCi’s with my family and me.

My aliens will also go with me to Chuck E. Cheese’s to play lots of games and win lots of prizes.
Then we will go home and have a sleepover until they go home and I will really miss my alien friends.

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Bryonna’s alien friends

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Bryonna Holloway
Age 8, Dover

One day I went to the library to find some books to read and to my surprise, there stood some aliens in the parking lot.

So I went up to them and asked if they wanted to play at the park, then we can go pick some books at the library.

We found some really good books that we took back to my house.

I started to get hungry so we went to Logan’s for dinner and eat lots of peanuts.

After we ate we went back to the house and had a slumber party.

The next morning the aliens had to go home and I was really sad to see them go.

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Finding the Starship

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Anabelle Pinci
Age 10, York Haven

One time in the future, there were smelly, slimely, but very friendly aliens that were just visiting earth.

They asked me, “We need a …” Their names are Bonny, Tonny, Conny, and Ponny.

I said to them, “Follow me.”

“Zit Zit.” It was Bonny’s phone or they call it in their language, the bleep blop.

So, now we are off to find the thing. Then out of nowhere there was a WOLF, wait a PACK OF WOLVES! “Run,” I said to the aliens, but they did not.

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Our adventure in outer space

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Isabella Sisca
Age 9, Lewisberry

Chapter 1
The Mission

I’ll never forget the day when my sister Marietta, my brother Patrick and I, Isabella, found out our crazy Uncle Jimmy made a spaceship.

It was June 15th when our adventure started. My uncle designed a notebook; not just any old “notebook,” but a spy notebook with a computer, spy tools and a travel portal which could take you all over the galaxy.

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Aliens from afar

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Karah Schutz
Age 11, Spring Grove

Billy woke up one day, and there was an enormous thunderstorm outside that was making his house tremble and shake like an earthquake. His father came in and told him that school was delayed because some trees had fallen and blocked both entrances to the school campus.

Billy replied, “Well, I might as well get ready for school and watch a movie because I would not be able to fall back to sleep if my life depended on it.”

After his dad had left the room, Billy packed his lunch and backpack. He then picked out a movie to watch called “Attack of the Aliens 2″ and started watching it. By the time the movie was over, it was time for Billy to go to school.

Before leaving for school his father remarked, “If you are afraid that vicious aliens are going to attack you at school, do not go.” Billy looked at his dad who had a silly grin on his face, and they both started laughing hysterically at what his dad had just said. Little did they know, Billy’s father’s crazy remark was partly right.

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