Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fort Madison High School students chat with Tess Gerritsen

Photo by Travis Ash - Special Sections Coordinator - Daily Democrat

POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014 12:00 PM | UPDATED: 1:27 PM, FRI FEB 21, 2014.

It pays to have friends in high places. FMHS senior Jacob Auge is lucky enough to have just that in the form of an online correspondence with author Tess Gerritsen, MD.


Gerritsen is the writer of the Rizzoli & Isles books, the same books that are brought to life in the popular television series adaptation of the same name.

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I am proud of Jacob. Jacob is a senior and I have known him since he was an 8th grader. Jacob is an advocate for school libraries. A few years ago Jacob attended a meeting with the tech team and an administrator so we could get Kindle Fires and he help me set up the devices for students to access. Jacob also went to author visits but he wanted someone famous to visit us.  So he emailed multiple famous people including J.K. Rowling.  Eventually he heard back from Tess Gerristen and they now have a friendship that will hopefully last for years to come. 
I have seen the power of connection and how author visits can positively impact the lives of students. I think that Jacob's initiative, determination, charisma, and ability to act upon his curiosity will serve him well in the future.  I am glad that I was able to watch all this transpire.