Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
June 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
Two Student’s Unforgettable Adventures Through the Writing Process
West Windsor Township announces two seniors Sara Hoge and Katie McKiernan recently published A Timely Trip Through West Windsor: Randy’s Unforgettable Adventure, a historical fiction novel featuring an adorable red head named Randy who travels back through West Windsor’s history to discover that his town is much more interesting than he ever imagined. The girls began this project during their freshman year (2006), and submitted their final product to publication in 2008.
This project began as a Girl Scout Gold Award, but as the girls worked alongside Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, their project became more about the rich history of their town, West Windsor. Katie McKiernan says about the journey to author-hood, “As we began the research, we, like Randy, learned all the history that West Windsor has to offer.” Sara Hoge adds, “West Windsor is more than just a sum of its current successes, unknown to most, its history is just as abundant.” For instance, the story features the World War II era, in which Randy learns that West Windsor supported the nation’s troops as the principle potato supplier.
After about a year of research, which included touring the historical Schenck house, visiting the local library and interviewing long-time West Windsor residents, the pair began to write Randy’s tale. Hoge illustrated the story, as well as coauthored alongside McKiernan who wrote the majority of the text. A former teacher of theirs, Adrienne Stanley, helped to edit their several drafts, while Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh offered many insightful ideas and critiques as the girls progressed. The pair’s success can also be attributed to the love and support of their families. Publishing was made possible thanks to the West Windsor Committee Foundation due to their general donation.
The story has been reviewed and approved by the West Windsor-Plainsboro school board and 500 copies will be given to the local elementary schools to be used for reference in the third grade curriculum about our local history. More copies will be given to the local library and the girls are currently raising money to try and print additional copies.
The official Ceremony will be held at the WW-P School District Office, 505 Village Road West, on Wednesday, June 24 at 11:30 a.m.
# # #