Missouri Studies Weekly printed Alfords story and he has been sent a cash award and recognition certificate for his work Alford wrote the story in Jennifer Barr's communication arts class at the school.
"Studies Weekly strives to make learning fun and educate students by focusing on their state culture, history and curriculum, rather than just offering general information that can be learned in any textbook," said Alan L. Peterson, president of Studies Weekly.
Alford's story focused on trying to get the reader to visit Missouri. Here is his story:
"People all over the world need to come to Missouri for more reasons than one. I'll start with St. Louis. It has something called the Gateway Arch. It was built to recognize the starting point of many settlers going west.
St. Louis is also home of the Cardinals baseball team and the Blues hockey team.
Another neat place is St. Genevieve, Mo. It is the oldest town in Missouri. Then there is Sedalia, Mo. The state fair takes place here and it has many rodeos.
Next there's Columbia, Mo. This is home to the (University of Missouri) and the Mizzou Tigers.
Last, but definitely not least, is Branson, Mo. It is the home of many shows, rides and hotels. This is why kids of America need to visit Missouri.
Studies Weekly is a children's educational publication that appears in 70 newspapers with topics including social studies, history, geography, science and technology. Thirty-three states including Missouri and 15 communities receive Studies Weekly publications specific to their state curriculum and history. The company was started in 1985 by Paul Thompson, a teacher of 30 years.
Alford is the son of Charles and Bobbi Alford of Alton.