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Chazy Central puts students to the challenge

CHAZY - When Chris Brewster was first presented with a task to face his biggest challenge, he was a student. In the end, he was a student author.

The Chazy Central Rural School senior was among 37 students who recently completed a senior class project assigned by teacher Kathryn Brown which asked students to present themselves with a challenge, then meet that challenge.

Brewster and his fellow students began their projects in September, first deciding what they would like to accomplish, then following through with a plan on how to make it happen. Having always had an interest in writing, Brewster decided to write a book.

It was quite the learning experience, he said.

"There's a huge difference between a five-page paper and a 200-page book," said Brewster. "There's whole aspects of writing that you don't think of before."

The conclusion of the 10-month project resulted in Brewster's first book, Cornelian Blue, a fiction piece about a teenager vacationing with his family on a tropical island, based loosely off the Carribean island of Tobago. The story centers on a main character who is "conceited and arrogant," said Brewster, but who reveals his character through his experiences on the island.

"It gave me an opportunity to do something I might have not otherwise done," Brewster said of the project.

Senior Olivia Guay agreed. She has been a fan of the Chazy Music Theatre, watching performances put on at the school for years. However, it wasn't until she was presented with the class project she decided to audition for the group's most recent production of "Beauty and the Beast."

"I've always wanted to do it, but I never thought I would have enough time," she said. "It was the perfect opportunity for me to finally do it."

Olivia Guay's dream came true when she landed the roles of a saloon girl and a fork in the play - an experience she said she'll never forget.

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