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Bethel Freshman Receives Book Contract and Scholarship

Bethel freshman, Adam Stuck of Quito, Ecuador, is the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship from Bethel and a book contract. His novel, “Nathan Quist and the Insurmountable Problem” is the winning entry in the second annual Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition sponsored by Tweener Ministries in Warsaw, Ind. Last year Stuck took fourth place and received a $6,000 scholarship from Bethel for his book, “Nathan Quist and the Case of the Crescent Earrings.

“I hadn’t expected to win. So I was speechless for about 30 seconds,” says Stuck. “I remember hanging up the phone and throwing my hands up in the air and screaming, score!”

Stuck says his second book, a sequel to the first, is set in a peaceful Indiana location. Though he’s from Ecuador, he says he has visited Northern Indiana several times. He had originally entered the contest both times because he wanted to win a scholarship to Bethel.

“Tweener Ministries was formed three years ago to encourage literacy among tweeners, the 8-to-12-year-olds, especially boys,” according to Dr. Marvin G. Baker, president. “Because literacy is more than reading, we began looking for ways to encourage writing as well as reading. The Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition is the result. High school students were invited to write a book, a short novel between 15,000 and 25,000 words, that tweeners would want to read.”

Other 2008 winners include Warsaw Community High School Student Amy Green, who won second place for her book, “Final Countdown.” She will receive a receive $10,000 scholarship to attend Bethel.