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Teen reads book she wrote to students

Haley Tam has all sorts of artistic talents and she's using them in a multitude of ways.

The 17-year-old Miss Tam, daughter of Stan and Kim Tam, of Thomson, recently authored and illustrated her first children's book, entitled, Flip, the Lonely Fish .

Miss Tam, a senior who soon will be graduating from Thomson High School, read her book to more than 50 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Briarwood Academy last Friday.

"She is really a very talented student," said Lisa Pickrell, who has taught K-5 students at the private school for the past 28 years. "I'm very impressed with what she can do at her age. She has truly been blessed with a gift. She has a very bright future."

Mrs. Pickrell's paraprofessional, Lynn Wheeler, of Warrenton, agreed.

"It is truly remarkable how talented she is," added Mrs. Wheeler.

Miss Tam is not only a creative and talented writer, but also exceptionally good at drawing and painting.

Already regarded as an exceptional aspiring artist, Miss Tam plans to broaden her horizons of the art world by furthering her education at Savannah College of Art and Design in the port city of Savannah, Ga.

"I'm really looking forward to the future," said Miss Tam after reading her book to students at Briarwood Academy. "It was really a lot of fun reading the book to them."

Several of the students in Mrs. Pickrell's class made comments after Miss Tam's visit to their classroom.

"I liked the ending," remarked Anna Wells Ducey.

Crawford Thigpen said, "I liked the part where the fish were friends."

"I liked when the spotted fish became his friend," said Dakota Murphy.

Dax Reese said, "I liked when he popped out of the seaweed."

"I liked at the end when they swam together," added Elizabeth Axon, of Dearing.

Emily Johnson said, "I liked all the colors of the rainbow fishes. There are a lot of pretty colored fishes."

"I liked how she created it," said Georgia Echols.

Gunner Stewart said, "I liked when the fish came out of the seaweed."

"I liked when they were friends," added Jenna Nelson.

"My favorite part was all the colors of the fish, especially the spotted fish," said Lawson Owen.

Logan Prater said, "My favorite part was the end."

"Seeing all the different colored fish was my favorite thing," said Madison Bufford.

Porter Eubank said, "I liked the purple fish and the yellow fish."

"I liked Flip when he was lonely," added Savannah Blevins.

Miss Tam, clad in a white T-shirt spotlighting her new children's book, autographed several of her books that were purchased by students.

"I'm really having a good time reading to these children," said Miss Tam.

After reading to Mrs. Pickrell's class, Miss Tam, accompanied by several friends, visited the K-4 class of Lynn Neal, where she read her book to nearly 30 students.

Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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