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Sibling students create daily publication, build creativity skills

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Sibling Bobcat students James and Lily Marquess are making the most of their time at home from school during the public health situation; the two have produced a daily publication – “Marquess Mayhem” – each day since schools closed in mid-March. 

James, a Hoglan Elementary 4th grader, and Lily, a Miller Middle School 8th grader, said the project has kept them both busy and entertained over the past several weeks. 

“I get to write about things that are big in my life,” James said. “I like learning things. I search, I learn, and then I try to summarize it.” 

He said he particularly enjoys writing about animals and events from his daily life. 

Lily said she is happy to have “Marquess Mayhem” to concentrate on during the unusual situation with COVID-19. Like her brother, Lily said she finds great joy in writing about things that interest her.

“I have an article that’s about a bunch of random facts,” Lily said. “I do the National Day article. There’s always something about that. Today was Dance Like a Chicken Day.” 

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The Marquess siblings, James (left) and Lily (right), work together on an edition of “Marquess Mayhem.”

The siblings said they have learned quite a bit from their project. James said he enjoys learning new things as he researches topics to write about, and he also enjoys sharing what he learns with his family and friends who receive the newsletter. 

Lily said she enjoys looking up facts, adding the project has developed her researching skills. 

The students’ mother, Bethany Currie, said inspiration for the publication came from a family friend, whose family makes a weekly newsletter to send out to loved ones. She said Lily and James devote a lot of time to ensuring each edition has fun, interesting information.