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A supplement to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle • Dec. 23, 2015


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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? Welcome to The Chronicle’s annual children’s Christmas Writing and Drawing Contest. Youngsters through fifth-grade were asked to write an original story or draw a picture on the theme of “What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas?” Many teachers incorporated the writing contest into their lessons, with students producing hundreds of thoughtful stories and detailed drawings. So, we invite you to grab a cup of hot cocoa and some cookies, settle into a comfy chair and enjoy the imagination and artwork of children in our area. Be sure to also check out our website, www.omakchronicle.com, for more wonderful artwork and stories that we couldn’t fit in this print edition.

By Kyle Buska First place, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would put presents in the sleigh and ride in it.

By Isaac Arevolo Second place, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would give Santa some presents.

By Kari Hansen Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would help the elves make the toys. •••••• By Hannah Andrusick Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would give presents to the other children. •••••• By Emmett Allenby Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would help the other elves build toys.

By Sopheilia Hamner Third place, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would help Santa deliver presents in his sleigh.

•••••• By Victoria Alvarez Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would put the presents and candy canes on the kids’ pillows.

First place, Kindergarten • Ruby Freese, A is 4 Apple Christian School By Santiago Guerrero Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would put the presents under people’s Christmas trees.

By Peyton Miller Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would always be by Santa’s side to look if the elves are making the toys right.

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Cover illustration by Calum Weston, 4th grade, Virginia Grainger Elementary (Okanogan)

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Camden Rico Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary The elves would be giving the kids presents. •••••• By Marjorie Johnson Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would be wrapping presents. •••••• By Jeidy Alvarado-Galarza Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would give the children presents. •••••• By Ixavier Mendoza Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would run with Santa’s elves. •••••• By Garet Lyons Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would sit on Santa’s lap. •••••• By Rheagan Cardenas Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would make presents. •••••• By Danica Aguilar Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would help make presents. •••••• By Briana Chavez Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would give Santa presents so he can put them in his bag. •••••• By Zackery Featherly Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would make toys.

By Patience Whitehorse Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would want to make presents. •••••• By Parker Marsh Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would have a hat, a picture in my hand of myself, and I would put presents in Santa’s sled. •••••• By Dahlia Clements Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary I would be giving people Christmas presents and candy canes. •••••• By Hudson Somes Honorable mention, Kindergarten Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were Santa’s elf, I would love to help Santa make toys. •••••• By Joseph Moses Honorable mention, Kindergarten Paschal Sherman Indian School

Second place, Kindergarten • Fernanda Vargas-Gutierrez, Virginia Grainger Elementary

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Dear Santa, I was good this year. I would like a monster truck. •••••• By Vera Big Wolf Honorable mention, Kindergarten Nespelem Elementary Can you visit me soon? Rudolph loves Pax. •••••• By Nataliah Saulque Honorable mention, Kindergarten Nespelem Elementary I was wishing for a toy list: iPad and do this, can you come and play with me? •••••• By Camahyah Finley Honorable mention, Kindergarten Nespelem Elementary I was wishing for a toy list: phone. Can you visit me soon?

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Clementine Pruett First place, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will write Santa a note and get Santa a cat. I will get Santa milk. I will buy Santa a dog. I will get Santa a hug.

By Joseph Kruse Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would drink hot cocoa with Santa Claus and make toys. Also, eat candy canes and make presents. Also, deliver presents and give cookies and milk. ••••••

By Parker Carroll Second place (tie), first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were Santa’s elf, I would make presents and help deliver them and get the sled nice and shiny and then get the reindeer out of the stall.

By Brandin Phillips Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I would like to be an elf that wraps gifts and gives them to children. I would like to be an elf that works at the toy working place. I would make gifts. ••••••

By Andreas Sadino Second place (tie), first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I would like to be a baker elf and make all the cookies.

By Greyson Keith Fourth place, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If you are an elf, you work all day! •••••• By Shayah Loe Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make teddy bears for people so they can be happy.

By Julian Campos Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I will make presents for kids and I will surprise the kids. •••••• By Brooklyn Fingar Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make kids toys. I will feed Santa’s reindeer. If I was Santa’s elf, I would play with toys. •••••• By Aubrei Cates Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I like to make toys with Santa. I will help buy food for Santa.

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First place, first-grade • Kiley Kaiser, A is 4 Apple Christian School By Junior Louis Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will be Santa’s elf. I will make toys for kids and bring them toys. •••••• By Kyler Creely Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would take care of the reindeer. •••••• By Qrsten Johnson Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys and eat candy canes.

By Jose Loza-Gutierrez Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I would like to be Santa’s helper on Christmas Day and ride on the sleigh and help deliver presents. •••••• By Paige Sullivan Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would help Santa take care of the reindeer! And I would eat candy canes! •••••• By Taylor Leslie Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I would like to be Santa’s stable elf!


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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Alejandro Valdovinos Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

By John Villanueva Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

I will reindeer give. Elves are good people.

If I was an elf, I will make toys with Santa. I will deliver toys with Santa.

•••••• By Aylicia Arroyo Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I would love to be Santa’s elf. I would love to be with the other elves.

•••••• By Ben Huffstetler Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys for kids. I would wrap presents for kids. ••••••

•••••• By Kason Timentwa Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I will work hard. If I was Santa’s elf I will make presents for kids.

By Kaydence Flores Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I like to make toys. I like to elf. I like Santa.

•••••• By Chase Patrick Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will be an elf. I will eat milk and cookies. I will help with the reindeer.

•••••• By Alyssa Russell Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

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•••••• By Alivia Waddell Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will make presents for kids. I will feed Santa’s reindeer. I will have fun. •••••• By Maverick Huberty Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will help Santa make the presents. I will help Santa give the presents to the kids.

Second place (tie), 1st Grade • Tia’Lene Wiley, Paschal Sherman Indian School

If I was a elf, I would do a job that rides on Santa’s sleigh.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Remi Cosino Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

By Karla Torres Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

If I was Santa’s elf, I would help Santa with his nice and naughty list and eat candy canes.

I will make presents for kids. I will help Santa deliver presents. I will help Santa feed reindeer. I will have fun.

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By Alexis Angeles Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I will help Santa give presents to the kids. I will help Santa make presents for the kids. ••••••

By Ibeth Lopez Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I will make presents for kids and I will help Santa deliver the presents to the kids and I will feed Santa’s reindeers. ••••••

By Noemi Jaurequi Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would eat candy canes and drink hot cocoa with Santa Claus.

By Vada Watson Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was an elf, I would do baking elf

Second place (tie), 1st grade Elsa Robeck, Virginia Grainger Elementary

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•••••• By Uriah Marcille Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys, eat candy canes and deliver presents. •••••• By Jakobi Vanbrunt Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys.

By Valora Carlson Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys, eat candy canes and deliver presents. •••••• By Adriana Garcia Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would eat candy canes. ••••••

•••••• By Bud George Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would make toys.

By Rihanna Rosas Honorable mention, first-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would drink hot cocoa with Santa Claus.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Evee Rodriguez First place, Second-grade North Omak Elementary The night before Christmas in the middle of the night, I heard bells ringing. I eagerly jumped out of my bed and zoomed across the hallway. Then, I gently opened the door and I saw an adorable little reindeer. Then, I said, “I’m going to name you Cupid, little Cupid,” but then I saw his name tag. Then, I heard stomping , “oh no, my Dad’s coming!” So I said to the reindeer, “Meet me at the church.” So he flew off. Next, I went to the living room and sneaked on the couch. Then, my Dad came, and he went back to bed. So I put on my coat and shoes. Then I went to the church. I got there and I called, “here girl, here girl,” because I knew it was a girl reindeer. Next, she came so I hugged her. Finally I saw a great big light and it was Santa. I said, “time for you to go.” Next Santa said “come here, please.” So it was time for me to say goodbye. Santa said, “Merry Christmas.” Then, I saw an old sled so I tried fixing it except for the paint. So I painted it red and it had a little bit of yellow dust then I heard a ringing noise. It was the reindeer. Then, I read its tag – his name was Flakey, so I went to the North Pole on the sleigh and didn’t come back home. We got ice cream, and a slushy, and a Blizzard. It was a brownie kind. That’s what I did on Christmas.

By Elidai Corter Second place, Second-grade North Omak Elementary If I was an elf, I would be a good elf. I would eat all of the cookies and Olaf would eat all of the cake. Olaf stuffed a piece of cake back into the cake. At night time, me and Olaf opened presents. But the naughty elf caught us opening presents and told Santa. We stayed at Santa’s house and played in the snow all together. And made a new girlfriend. He was so so happy. Then Santa had to get new presents, now cake and cookies. And next we made toys for other kids. Everyone opens presents. Me and Olaf got cool stuff. And we had the best Christmas ever. The next day we went to the park and had so much fun. The End.

If I was one of Santa’s elves, I would be called Kandy Yo-Yo. I would work in the bakery department. First, I would make the awesome batter for cheeker’s cupcake. Next, I put it in the amazingly cool fridge. And then I take it out of the amazingly cool fridge. I would be awesome if I worked in Santa’s baker department. •••••• By Chrystian Clark Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary One day in the North Pole, I was polishing Santa’s shoes when I heard Rudolph dashing off with Santa. I yelled “Stop, Santa needs his shoes!” But it was too late, the sleigh got away. I went to look and at last I found Santa. Now I need to find Rudolph. I look everywhere, then I found Rudolph. Then Santa got to deliver all the presents. The End. •••••• By Jose Cabello Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary

called Holiday Christmas Elf and I would work in the toy workshop and gift wrap department. First, I would make a special cute toy for the children. Next, I would put

a sparkle and curly ribbon on the awesome and cool present. It would be so exciting if I worked in Santa’s toy workshop and gift wrapping department.

If I was an elf, I will wake Santa up and I will decide your bedtime. How it was fine. So, do you want hot cocoa, sir? No thank you. OK, but can I go in the sleigh with you, please? Hmmm, OK, yes! But Jack Frost is coming with us, OK. So, when are we going to deliver the presents, sir? OK, first we make the toys. Then we will check the toy, next we make them into presents and we put them in Santa’s bag. And I got in the sleigh and Santa came and got on the sleigh and we finally deliver the presents and then when we were done delivering the presents together we will say “Ho, ho, ho Merry Christmas to all a good night.” The End. •••••• Rylan Robbins Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary At the North Pole, Olaf ate all the chocolate cake and stuffed it back into the cake. Pretty Elsa got jealous and stole the presents. Then she put them back. Then I would open my presents. I would go sled on my purple sled. Cute Olaf quickly zoomed all around the world. He put presents in, then he flew back. Santa brought me donuts and an Elsa doll. ••••••

By Khalid Yusuf Third place, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary

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By Halley Craddock Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Briana Camacho Honorable mention, Second-grade Brewster Elementary If I was one of Santa’s elves this Christmas I would be happy to see how Mrs. Claus looks like. I want to make Santa Claus happy. I want to help Santa drop the gifts to all the boys and girls. You get to see the toy machine. I get to make Santa and the elves cookies. I get to make gifts for my family. You get to see snow and snowflakes. You get to ride the sleigh with Santa. You get to see the North Pole. You get to see Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. You get to see all the polar bears. Santa will give you a candy cane. Santa will give you a hug. Santa will see if you have to do the toys and then Santa will tell you to wrap the gift. You get to see the Northern Lights. You get to see all the mountains. You get to see what colors are the hats and shoes. You get to see all the stars. You get to see the Christmas tree. Merry Christmas. •••••• By Caden Sanders Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary Once upon a time, Santa and his elves were delivering presents on Christmas evening. Then when Santa was done, an elf stole his sleigh. He stole people’s presents and he ate all of Santa’s cookies. Then when he was done he put the sleigh back where he found it. Then the elf ran away. •••••• By Fisher Gadeberg Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary If I was an elf, I would make toys. I would make stuffed animals and toy cars. Brave Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer and Santa would deliver all the presents when everybody was sleeping. In the morning, I would go sledding on a red present. I

wonder what it’s going to be. I don’t know what jolly Santa gave me. I hope it’s a red and blue stuffed animal, and that it is a stuffed chicken. •••••• By Connor Schoenwald Honorable mention, Second-grade Brewster Elementary I would like to be Santa’s elves because I would like a very special job. It would be to load up Santa’s sleigh. And get the reindeer in the front and get them straight up and ready for their journey. •••••• By Ciara Danielson Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary One cold night a blizzard built a snowwoman. The snow woman was adorable, so the people called her the adorable snowwoman. She always wore a blush. One day the adorable snowwoman was so eager for the snowman contest. After the contest, the adorable snowwoman got a blue ribbon. The End. •••••• By Jeremy Red Bear Todd Honorable mention, Second-grade North Omak Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would think it’s hard work because I’d have to get the presents ready before Christmas Eve and get Santa’s suit ready before Christmas. I also get the reindeer ready for the sleigh, and that’s what I think about being Santa’s elf this year. It’s hard work. •••••• By Briana Camacho Honorable mention, Second-grade Brewster Elementary

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Second place, second-grade • Presley Somes, Virginia Grainger Elementary

If I was one of Santa’s elves this Christmas it would be fun because you get to wrap a lot of gifts and you get to help Santa load the gifts on to the sleign and you get to see a lot of elves and you get to see Santa and the reindeers and you get to see how the elves look like and you get to see how Santa’s workshop looks like and get to see how the elves make the toys and you get to take a picture with Santa. •••••• By Jose Medina Honorable mention, Second-grade Brewster Elementary If I was one of Santa’s elves this Christmas, I would make a present for every kid. Santa works so hard we should make a present for Santa.I would make a present for Santa’s reindeers. I would have Santa carry two bags of toys. I would hope every kid gets a present.

By Diana Garcia Honorable mention, Second-grade Bridgeport Elementary One cold night in the North Pole, Mrs. Catuli was teaching all the elves and Santa was sick and Diana went to sing to help them and Santa feel better and help deliver the toys all around the world. •••••• By Yahir Corona Honorable mention, Second-grade Brewster Elementary If I was one of Santa’s elves this Christmas, I would only make toys for good kids, but if good kids turn bad I won’t give them toys. I would tell Santa to give me a king size bed. I’d get Hungry Hippos to play with my brothers. I’d tell Santa to give me a computer. I’d tell Santa to give me a Lego set.


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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Karla Lucas Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary First, I would put the presents in the sled. Next, I would put the reindeer back to sleep. And then I would give the presents to the kids. It would be fun. If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called Kolly Lucy and I would work to wash the reindeer outside and Santa would take the presents to the kids. •••••• By Manuel Vargas Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called Merry Vegas Elf. I would work in the gift wrap department. I would put the paper on the box. We would get the present on Santa’s sled, Santy Sled. I left with Santa’s sled and it would be cold and we took the present and the next morning they open the present. They were happy. It would be awesome if I worked in Santa’s department. •••••• By Wyatt Harmon Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary I want to be a boy elf! I will not be an elf under a mistletoe. I will have fun! I will be good! I will have cookies and I will eat them all. I will be a scout elf. I will report to Santa and I will say if you’re bad or good and I will watch you. •••••• By Seth Whitley Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be

called Super Wet Elf and I would work in the reindeer cleaning department. I would get a lot of soap and water. Then I would get ready to wash them. I would wash the reindeer. They would look awesome! It would be cool if I worked in Santa’s reindeer cleaning department. •••••• By Wesley Allen Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called working and I would work in the toy workshop department. First, I would amazingly make toys. Next, I would give it to the awesome gift wrappers. I would add an amazingly special thing, too. It would be fun if I worked in Santa’s department! Toy Workshop. •••••• By Alessandra Guerrero Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called Angel Mary Ginger Elf and I would work in the bakery department. First, I’d make squishy batter for the cookies. Next, I’d make the cookie dough nice, flat and round. And then I’d put the cookies in the oven and bake the cookies. It would be very exciting if I worked in Santa’s bakery department. •••••• By Carleigh Lind Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called Cringle Lind Elf and I would work in the gift wrap department. First, I will wrap the present with sparkle paper. Next, I will put a big red bow on the present. And then

Third place, second-grade • Elijah Richards, home school I will ask an elf to give it to Santa. It would be cool if I worked in Santa’s gift wrapping department.

put them in Santa’s sleigh to deliver them. It would be cool if I worked in Santa’s letter writing department. ••••••

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By Tylee Buchert Honorable mention, Second-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I were one of Santa’s elves I would be called Taffy Jingle Bell and I would work in the letter writing department. First, I read the perfect letters and look at them very carefully. Next, I write the perfect letters and put them in an envelope. And then I

I want to be a boy elf! I will not be an elf under a mistletoe. I will have fun! I will be good! I will have cookies and I will eat them all. I will be a scout elf. I will report to Santa and I will say if you’re bad or good and I will watch you.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Gracie Huberty Second place, Third-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary By Ava Freese First place, Third-grade A is 4 Apple Christian School My name is Holly. I’m an elf. I help Santa make toys for good little boys and girls all year. There are only a few days until Christmas and Santa’s shop is busy, busy, busy! One day a horrible storm came two before Christmas and the storm destroyed 10,000 toys! Santa and the other elves were very, very worried. Santa thought Christmas would have to be cancelled. I told Santa I had an idea. Santa said, “Be quiet everyone. Holly has an idea. OK, Holly tell us your idea.” “Let’s play a game everyone.” “OK, but what is this game called?” asked the other elves excitedly. “The game is called building toys,” I said with a smile. “This is how we play the game. We put elves into two teams. Each team has to build 5,000 toys in two days.” When everyone heard this they got to work right away. Even Santa got work “Ho! Ho! Ho! Away we go!” said Santa. The workshop was the busiest it was all year. We got all the toys made again and Christmas was saved. “Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!” we all shouted. Santa said “Time to load up my sled.” So we filled up Santa’s sled with toys. Then Santa said “Come Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen and Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen and the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph. Now my reindeer. Ho! Ho! Ho! Away we go! The End.

I’m a worker elf for Santa Claus. My name is Snowball. Here at Santa’s workshop there are fun times, adventurous times and sometimes even times where there are problems! One time a whole big can full of the most powerful bouncy balls fell over! It was like a jungle of bouncy balls! It was really funny and fun! Another time an elf named Sean accidentally fell in Santa’s bag of toys! It took a very long time to get Sean out. Almost Forever! The most exciting thing that happened was when I (Snowball) went to the reindeer barn and saw that all the reindeer were gone!!! Two other elves named Light and Star helped me find all the reindeer. We found two in Africa, two in North America and one in Australia! Well, I hope you have a merry Christmas! From Snowball.

Second place, third-grade Eva Robeck, Virginia Grainger Elementary

First place, third-grade Tamika Galvan, East Omak Elementary By Diesel Downey Third place, Third-grade East Omak Elementary If I were an elf I would make a lot of wooden toys and I would make wooden chickens, wooden cars too. I think it would be fun to feed the reindeer food like gingerbread, cookies and candy canes. I would have an elf dog and he would be a corgi. His name would be Bently the elf dog. After making a lot of toys, I would go to the kitchen and eat chocolate chip cookies and they would be huge. I would also eat gingerbread cookies and I would make a gingerbread dog in a gingerbread house. I would feed Santa a lot of cookies and milk.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Grace Berthelson Honorable mention, Third-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary If I was Santa’s elf, I would die in a matter of an hour. You have to make lifesized ponies for Pete’s sake! Gosh, and when your new you have to meet Bob! Most elves think he’s related to a hippo. Christmas Eve is what we call, “Every-ladyfaint-day.” You’re thinking: Rudolph stop eating Vixen’s fur! It’s disgusting! Prancer! Don’t bite your nails! Ahhh! COMET GET AWAY FROM THE SNAKE!” (And then you see it’s rubber because snakes don’t live here!) “CHRISTMAS!!! AAH!” Elves flailing their arms uncontrollably, crying with joy, it’s a one day break! Then, after that it’s 136 more days of working again (all elves moan.) •••••• By Carly James Honorable mention, Third-grade Nespelem Elementary My name is Dacey. I be came an elf is he came to my house and said could she help us make present for the children because tomorrow is Christmas I’ll give her so my mom side yes presents too. It’ s fun to make presents for boy’s and girl’ s because I like wrapping presents it’ s cool being an elf for a night because I was not always a elf because I was my mom’ s my mom is more important than making presents for the world I love my family so Santa said ok I see you love your family more than anything I do not want to stay because my family cares and they are so special to me because they raised me. And I respect that so I want to stay with my family. I have someone special. I like Christmas more than any thing but I love my family more so he said, “It’s ok I will deliver presents to everybody else and I will deliver presents to you too. “

By Alondra Valdovinos Honorable mention, Third-grade Bridgeport Elementary If I was Santa’s elf this year it would be awesome. By awesome I mean helping him. First I would help by making toys like bikes and books for all the good chi ldren out there. Then I will help by washing the re indeer so they are sparkl ing when they are flying on Christmas night. I will also help Mrs. Claus bake lots of cookies for Santa and the elves. I’ll also help by wrapping all the presents for Santa Claus. And then I will help by placing the presents in the sack for Santa. Then when Santa leaves I will tell all of my elf friends we did it and then we will all have a party, and it will have lots of cookies and cake and we will dance and sing. After the party I’ll go to sleep. And then when Santa Claus gets home I am going to say, “I love you Santa and thank you for all the good memories that you gave me.” I will give him a great big hug. And then we will have a party and at the end of the party Santa will tell me he loves me too. He will give me a big hug and I’ll make him laugh. I will tell him one of my jokes so it goes like this. I’ll say, “Do you want to know how to find the North Pole and he will say, “How?” I’ll say, “By going north and find ing a pole” and then we will laugh and eat lots of cookies. I will give him a kiss and he will give me a kiss on the cheek. Then we will dance and sing together and we will have fun and then we will take off all of the decorations off the Christmas tree and start making the toys for next Christmas. And then I’ll say to Santa, “I have a gift for you.” And he says, “What is it?” ‘I’ll say, “It is a picture of me, you, Mrs. Claus, and the elves.” Then I will start making a list for Mrs. Claus of all the things that she needs. When I have to leave I will tell Santa I will make pictures for all the elves for you

Second place (tie), third-grade Jasmine Orozco, School

Honorable mention, third-grade Christine Zandell, East Omak Elementary

Honorable mention, third-grade • Jackelyn Soto, Bridgeport Elementary


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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? and Mrs. Claus. Then I will give them a hug. I’ll leave but first Santa you have to turn me back into a human please and then I well leave. This is what it would be like if I was Santa’s elf this year. BYE SANTA. By Christina Sweetin Honorable mention, Third-grade East Omak Elementary What would it be like to be one of Santa’s elves this Christmas? I would dress as Santa and go down the chimney and steal the presents and say “Whahaw!” Then I would take the presents and put the presents down the shredder machine and say “Mwahaha.” but I would have to put on gloves so the people would have no proof that I did it. And I would take the Christmas tree and take the candy canes off the tree and eat the candy canes. Then I would take the stocking and eat the candy. I would take the decorations and put them in the shredder machine and say “Mwahawmuahaha” and run away. Then I would go to another house and I would take their presents and the food and pie and candy and have a feast and say “haha.” And I would not share and I would rob it in there fast. Then some sweet girl would come in and say to me, “Do not be the Grinch.” Then Santa would come in and say, “She is right. Please do not be a Grinch. You are being selfish.” The girl said, “You should give back the toys and food and pie and candy.” I said I put it in the shreader machine. Santa said “But, no, the presents are right here.” “But I ate the food.” Then they went back to the house and gave the presents and food and pie and candy and the stockings and she became the new Santa. But what the new Santa did not know was that the old Santa had powers and the girl was the elf.

By Swi Lezard Honorable mention, Third-grade East Omak Elementary First, Santa and his elves come to my house and I asked Santa if I could help deliver the toys to all the kids around the world. He said “Yes, you can help me.” Next, I climbed into Santa’s red sled and we started to fly. End of Chapter 1 Then the elves and I started dropping at Strawberry’s house and Santa started dropping the presents under the tree. Then we got back to the sled and went to Kade’s house. Finally, Santa picked out 30 presents for my baby sister, Ximena. Then he picked 30 for my big sister, Mauraye, and 30 for everyone. On Christmas morning, I woke up and found our presents under the tree. My mom got 20 pairs of shoes and 10 clothes. My brother Moon got 20 toys and 10 clothes. My baby sister Ximena got 20 toys and 10 clothes. And I got 20 stacks of Pokemon cards, 10 stacks of high heels and 10 stacks of dresses. And grandma Lorna got 10 stacks of pants and 10 stacks of shoes and 10 stacks of shirts. The end.

Honorable mention, third-grade Isabella Crowchief, Paschal Sherman Indian School

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? By Tucker Youngblood First place, fourth-grade Tonasket Elementary It was Christmas day and lots of boys and girls were good. There was 1,000,000,000 kids were good and 900 kids were bad. Anyway, Santa was like a father to us elves. Once we saw him running around in his underpants. It was funny because he yelled “Ah, I ate to much food. How am I going to eat cookies?” Then a big storm hit. “Oh no, Santa, we have a big problem,” I said. “What?” said Santa. “There is a huge storm,” I said. “Oh no,” said Santa. “What are we going to do?” When we were at the meeting room, Santa said “Gather, gather everyone. I have some bad news. We are probably going to cancel Christmas this year.” All the elves gasped. “Oh no, what are we going to do,” we said. Santa said, “I know, it’s very disappointing.” Then I said I will be the brave one and go out int that nasty storm. Santa came over to me and said “Are you sure? You want to go out in that storm?” I said “Yes, if it’s for all the boys and girls that have been good, I will do it.” “You make me so proud,” said Santa, bursting in tears. Then I said “Bring me Doner the royal reindeer.” As me and Doner thrashed through the snow, we have two more hours until Santa had to take off. I said then he started to go faster and faster. I put my glasses on him, and I said “These will protect your eyes from snow.” We made it and said “We are here” and when we opened up the door, they heard me. They looked at me like I was stupid, so did the lady. I walked over to the baby reindeer pins

and asked the lady, “How much is the baby reindeer?” She said “Which one? The red nosed one or the black nosed one?” “The red nosed one.” She laughed, “Ha! You can have him for free.” After I got back to the North Pole, instead of the South Pole, I said to the elves and Santa, “Come to the meeting room ASAP.” They came to the meeting room quick and got the new reindeer. I named him Rudolph. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. “Good job,” said Santa. The other reindeers laughed and laughed at him. Santa said, “Enough!” I told him the song that the reindeers made up. “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose and if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows.” I would sing the rest of the song, but it’s sad. Then Santa said, “Let’s get the show on the road.” Blitzen interrupted, “He is leading us?” Santa said, “Stop being rude.” Santa got around the world in one hour.

Alyssa Evans Second place, fourth-grade Virginia Granger Elementary Oh, a ... Hello. I didn’t see you because I was eating some ‘“ uh ... stuff. Yeah, yeah. Stuff. Oh, you’re - uh - still here ... Anyway, I bet you want to know what I would do, what I would feel like, and what I might have if I were Santa’s elf. Well, that’s basically why I’m here. So what I would do, well, I would probably make toys. The toys I would make ... lizards, animals, stuffed animals, big, huge, soft, squishy, plump, chubby Teddy bears. Also, I would play in the snow, of course ... and I would make snowmen, make snow angels, make tunnels, make forts, have snowball fights ... (I would win the snowball fights.) And I would do much more in the snow.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? Also I would eat. And I mean EAT! I would eat nummy stuff, like cakes, cookies, milk, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, steak, and much, much more. Now what I would feel like. Well, I would feel very happy because I would be living with Santa! I would feel cheerful too because I would be with all my friends. Also, I would feel special because I am an elf! And I would probably have awesome shoes, and clothes and hats. I would have jobs, of course. And I would probably have fatness. Ho! Ho! Ho! That is what I think that is what it would be like to be Santa’s elf. •••••• By Tayler-Rae Lee Fleck Third place, fourth-grade Virginia Granger Elementary “Hey Santa! The lights went out!” said the head elf Ginger Snap. Who am 17 I’m Snowflake White, and you ask why did the lights go out? WeIl...There’s a huge blizzard outside. It almost blew down the candy cane crystal. At least we put the reindeer in their beds. “Put up the Christmas lights,” said Santa. “But the lights are missing,” J said. So we went to bed early. I lay in my bed, gazing up at the ceiling. I flipped on the switch on my bed stand. The ceiling became seethrough. I watched the snow and sleet pour down on the shop. I suddenly felt tired, so I went to sleep. When I woke up, I was soaked with the light ofthe sun. It’s Christmas Eve. We are putting up the tree for Christmas. When I went out, every elf was looking for the tree.” “We can’t find it,” said the gingersnap. “First the lights, then the tree,” I mumbled. The blizzard was now gone. Only a little snow was on the ground. I walked outside. I kept walking and saw someone taking the candy-cane crystal! So I started running toward him and saw that he had the lights, presents, and the tree!!! So I took them and told Santa, “Someone, I mean Smoky took the things.” So I went back out and took Smoky to the shop and made him

make presents. Then we had a party. The End P.S. We got to ride in the sleigh. •••••• By Gisselle Salcedo Honorable mention, fourth-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary Hello, my name is Gisselle. This is a story about how I became an elf. It all started on Christmas Eve. I was upstairs in my room reading a book. Then downstairs I heard jingle bells. Also I heard a ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! I never thought Santa would be in my house. So I went downstairs tiptoe tiptoe. Ho, ho, ho! Hello! What’s your name? I told him my name is Gisselle. You are Santa? Well of course he said. Wow, where do you live? Well, in the North Pole, yelled Santa. Will you help me? Do what? Well, let’s make toys for the kids all around the world. Like Africa, Asia, North America? I always wanted to go there. Yes, of course I will. Thank you, said Santa. So we made toys and painted – it was wonderful. He called me an elf. What’s that? Its kids who have pointy ears. They make presents every year, wow. So where’s Mrs. Claus? She got lost in the snow. She got lost and reindeers stepped on her. That’s how I became an elf. •••••• By Layla Flett Honorable mention, fourth-grade Paschal Sherman Indian School One day I got the opportunity to be able to be an elf. When I got to the North Pole I was able to make toys. I was the best toy maker ever! We made toy cars, toy dolls, toy everything. Santa was happy because he thought that there were not enough elves before, then the elves started showing up. With all the excitement, Santa let out a big ho ho. All the elves plus Santa’s little secret helper, me were cheering and singing Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. They were having fun and working hard.

Second place (tie), fourth-grade • Jasmin x, Virginia Grainger Elementary By Sydney Summers Honorable mention, fourth-grade Virginia Granger Elementary Hi ....... So ... oh, I didn’t see you there. You’re like invisible. Are you still there? Okay. I’m an elf, and I am going to tell you what it is like to be Santa’s elf. It is super-duper, lemon-Iuperfun! Making toys for the kids in the secret base of .... WOOD WORKS! Also ... oh, I love saying this - wrapping presents in wrapping paper-oh, I can’t say itwoods!! Ha ha ha! Here’s another one. Helping Santa Claus fill his bag full of presents at Oh, I love this one - Buckin’ Barn! Oh, I love it! Oh, and this one is not the best. It is really stinky. Cleaning up after the reindeer. Oh, this one sounds like a song. “Clean it up. Shine it up. Oh, yeah!” That’s what is superduper, lemon-luper, fantastically fun I! I The activities I would like to do - wait! What was I talking about? Oh, yeah! What activities I would like to do. Go to the - oh, this one is fun - underground -I can’t say itl

It’s so, so, so fun - gym. There, I said it! Also - oh, you’ve already heard this one. Making toys in the secret base of Wood Works. Plus helper - wait. I messed up. Help to go through the letters from the kids in I.h.p. Thanks for - oh, I messed up again. Thanks - oh, it’s just so hard to say - bye! Well, thanks for reading about being Santa’s elves. The End •••••• By Elizet Hall Honorable mention, fourth-grade Paschal Sherman Indian School If I were Santa’s elf I would make him some cookies and every elf would get a cookie too. I would help Mrs. Claus make toys out of gingerbread materials. I would also like to meet Rudolph the red nose Reindeer. I would go to Mrs. Claus and help her make Santa eat. On Christmas day all the elves, Santa, Mrs. Claus we wourd carol all day. Now I know what it is like to be Santa’s elf.

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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? The Mister Super Elf Manager. You sigh. By Daisy Berthelson First place, Fifth-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? Working for Santa isn’t always so easy, Especially during the month of December (or as we elves call it) Oh-my-gollygoodness-gracious-we’re-all-going-to-DIEHey Rudolph-stop-eating-Santa’s-yogapants! Month. So I am going to tell you what it would like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas. Enjoy! You are a new recruit. It’s January 1st (oh by the way, there is only 1 holiday on the North Pole, Christmas.) You head to work shop, there you find Bob. He is really big, smelly and isn’t all that jolly. Bob helps the new recruits. You get right to work and by the end of the day you have successfully made 438 toys. The days go by and you begin to deal with more complex stuff, like popcorn poppers, iPods, laptops, WIIs, Nintendos, karaoke machines, life-size robots and sooo many ponies! As the days creep closer to December, things can get a little out of hand … The robots trying to learn to sing … Rudolph stressing out and eating Bob’s, have … massive popcorn explosions … and the ponies playing Mario Kart! (They beat me every time!). Before you know it, it’s Christmas Eve; the reindeer getting hooked up to the sleigh; wrapping up all the presents; calming down Rudolph before he gives himself a heartattack and telling Santa not to eat too many cookies (he never listens.). Finally we get all the toys into the sleigh and you wave goodbye. Finally you get a good night’s rest. Then you wake up and get some hot chocolate. You go to the workshop, but on the door reads: All elves will return to work tomorrow at 6 a.m. Merry Christmas

By Elena Farias Second place, Fifth-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary It smelled like cotton candy and gingerbread all mixed together. “Ready? Let’s go,” another elf asked me in a rush. He knocked on the door in front of us and a little slot on the door opened. “Password?” He whispered something into the door keeper’s ear. I couldn’t make out what he said. Then I heard a door unlock and EERR. I put my head down. All I could see was a bright light. “You will get used to it.” My eyes finally adjusted to the brightness. “Hi, I’m Present. I’m the manager,” Present said confidently. “My name is Red,” I said nervously. I looked up from the floor. I froze as we were heading down the stairs. Not just because I was cold, it was beautiful. “Ha, it is magnificent, is it not?” “I’m speechless!” I answered excitedly. “You will be starting in the stuffing room. But first, you have to see Santa, so he can tell you what room to go to.” I was nervous from there on. There it is, the two big red doors. I could feel myself stiffen. “Good luck in there,” Present told me cheerfully. He knocked on the door and the door opened almost immediately. I walked slowly I looked down at the floor again. “Are you Red, my dear?” I nodded my head without looking up from the floor. “My husband does not bite…are you OK?” She stopped and touched my shoulder “My dear, do not be nervous, he will love

Second place (tie), fourth-grade • Alpha Espino, Virginia Grainger Elementary you.” I could feel my eyes blurring with tears, because it was so overwhelming. “Come on dear, we will go to the kitchen and get a cookie, OK?” I nodded, I could hear footsteps, and oddly it felt comforting. I stopped crying. Here you go. I looked up and saw that we were in their dining room. “Feeling better?” Mrs. Claus said with an anxious voice. “Yes.” “Great, do you feel as if you could go and

try again?” I nodded. I felt hundreds of butterflies in my stomach. “Ready?” “Yeah.” She opened the door and I saw Santa! “Ho ho, I was beginning to think you weren’t coming.” “I am sorry, sir. I had some difficulty.” “You’re fine, you will be in workshop #35. Thank you. Bye bye, my darling.” I found the room and knocked. The door


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What would it be like to be Santa’s elf this Christmas? opened slowly. I could see everyone work in unison, really fast. “Welcome Red, this is your station, OK? Ready, go,” she said quickly. A teddy bear flew out of this machine. It landed right where I was standing. Then the pressure was on. I had to stuff the bear and do it fast. After a day of stuffing, I think I was stuffed, with stuffing that I swallowed while I was working. I went home knowing that you never know what to expect. But to just go with the flow. And that Mrs. Claus makes great cookies. The End.

By Caleb Craddock Third place, Fifth-grade Virginia Grainger Elementary Dear all kids, Hi, as you can tell by the heading my name is Caleb Craddock. I’m one of Santa’s elves. In fact, I’m his right hand elf. Now this is an important role. I have to make sure every nice kid gets the present he or she wants. I also

manage the building elves, the reindeer and I’m the only one (other than the big man himself)that has access to the Naughty/Nice list. I can also edit it if needed. As you can see the north pole, at this time of year, is easily busier than an airport at peek hour! Hold on, I got a call from Santa. (Santa) “Hello Caleb, how’s my right hand elf doing.” (me) “Great, everything is on schedule” (Santa) “Great! Exactly what I expect from the best. Well just checking in. Bye.” (me) “Bye.” I always get those comments. At the moment it’s snowing like jingle bells and Christmas presents! If my calculations are correct it’s about 10 feet deep outside. (But we hold a world record of 20 feet!) Right now the consol shop has been working the jingles off their hats making PSs, X-boxes, WIIs and WII U’s. But as I said, w are really busy so far and I can’t write and work at the same time, so it’s time for me to get back to work. Bye! Sincerely,

Caleb Craddock (The elf) •••••• By Lindsey Jones Honorable mention, Fifth-grade Virginia Grainger Hi, my name is Ginger Bread and I’m Santa’s right hand man! The right hand man is the most cheerful. Santa needs a cheerful elf because the more cheerful the less damage is done after watching the naughtiest kids in the world! But last year I watched the most soul crushing naughtiest kid in the whole entire world. So this kid named Dann almost got expelled from human school for life of course, not elf life because we live 200 years longer than you people. No offense though! And if you are wondering who does the nice kids, that’s Cane. He does the nice kid because he is the least cheerful and needs that Christmas boost! Well, that’s how it is 365/24/7 and double it for this. It’s been crazy and a lot of mayhem but are lucky tree always helps. The reason it’s our lucky tree because it is the only one in the world that survives up here.

First place, fifth-grade • Lindsey Jones, Virginia Grainger Elementary

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