Olivia's Scholastic  table at NDCTE 2014

Olivia at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English Conference.

Olivia Edwardson is not only your regional coordinator for the state of North Dakota, she is also incredibly close to the organizations that have partnered to bring the Awards to North Dakota. A 2011 graduate of North Dakota State University, her first teaching position was at a rural school in LaMoure, North Dakota. Olivia completed the Red River Valley Writing Project‘s Summer Institute in 2012, and has remained active in the site. Olivia volunteered to judge Region-at-Large entries for Scholastic in 2013, and when the Red River Valley Writing Project began talking about partnering with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the state affiliate, she volunteered to serve as Statewide Coordinator. She has taken an active role in promoting the Awards throughout the state and is having a great time, too! Read More


Dr. Kelly Sassi presenting with the Scholastic Awards at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting.

The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing affiliates across the country, including the Upper Midwest! Here’s the latest on the new statewide Affiliate Program in North Dakota! 


Students sharing their work at a Start.Write.Now workshop.

North Dakota is one of the least populated areas of the country and distances are far between its major cities and towns. Located on the high plains, North Dakota has had primarily an agricultural economy since statehood, but oil development of the Bakken fields on the western side of the state is rapidly changing the population and economy. “In a period of rapid change, art and writing are an important means of expression, and we want to promote the arts in North Dakota,” says Sassi.

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