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Arvada author honored for magazine article

Highlights staff selects Carrie Seidel's 'Danger! Rescue on Thin Ice' as 'best of issue'

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An article written by Arvada author Carrie Seidel was named “best of issue” by the editorial, art and production staff at Highlights magazine.

Published in December 2017, “Danger! Rescue on Thin Ice” is about how rescue teams practice to rescue victims — people or animals — who have fallen through the ice.

“When I wrote `Danger! Rescue on Thin Ice,' I knew the topic would appeal to elementary school-aged kids, and what better way to share the story than with Highlights,” Seidel said in a news release.

Seidel said she is grateful to her husband, Mark, and Arvada Station 5 crew members, who reviewed the article for accuracy and allowed her to take ice-rescue suit photos.

“Learning about ice rescue was both humbling and exciting,” she said. “What made the biggest impression on me was the other-worldly pinging sound as the ice cracked with each step.”

Mother to Gage, 22, Garrett, 20, Braxton, 18, Brylie, 16, and Dakota (Ducky), 6, and an ISP para educator, Seidel said she constantly gathers story ideas in the classroom. She also said works on her craft by attending writing conferences and workshops with other authors and industry professionals. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

“Stories are always playing out in my mind or coming to life on my computer screen,” Seidel said. “In fifth grade, I was given an assignment to write a story, and I haven't stopped since then.”

Christine Cully, editor in chief at Highlights for Children, said authors like Seidel help the magazine achieve its objective of bringing the most imaginative and original works to its readers.

Seidel received an 8-inch pewter plate engraved with her name, the title of the winning article and the issue in which it appeared. The plates are handcrafted in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, home of Highlights since its beginning in 1946.

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