GH teen earns national map-making attention

Leah Chappell’s hand-drawn map of Croatia has made her a winner.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 11, 2013


The 13-year-old Grand Haven girl is one of the top 25 contestants in the nation for the Junior Scholastic 2013 Mapman Contest.

Participants had to use coordinates to find Mapman and create their own map, portraying different aspects of the country.

Leah’s map included a Dalmatian dog to represent the Dalmatian coast, the country’s money, its national anthem, a flower and a soccer ball.

The Lakeshore Middle School eighth-grader said she entered the contest after her social studies teacher mentioned it. Leah said it interested her because she likes to draw, but she had no idea she would receive a high place in the contest.

“I was surprised,” she said.

Leah said she didn’t realize the importance of the honor until she read about the contest in Junior Scholastic magazine.

Lakeshore Middle School teacher Sue Siebert said her student’s accomplishment is amazing because it was during the height of her school activities — swimming, Student Council, honor courses and practicing for Science Olympiad.

Leah’s parents, Deb and Stephen, said they are thrilled for their daughter to be named one of the top 25 in the country. Deb said her daughter has submitted her writings to various contests, but this is her first map-making contest.

“We’re proud of her,” the mother said. “She always tries to do her best at everything.”



This is a very well-written news article including pertinent information and citing multiple sources. You would probably expect me to say this since the article is about our daughter. But the facts are the facts and Krystle Wagner is an excellent reporter. Just as noteworthy is the fact that the Grand Haven Tribune, a great community news source, prioritizes education reporting; particularly the positive stories on education. Our community, fortunate to have outstanding educators, administrators and an overall excellent school district, benefits from these types of stories.

Steve Chappell
Grand Haven


Congratulations, Leah and family! What a nice honor and well deserved recognition of a talented young woman who has a great future ahead of her.


Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on Create a new account today to get started.