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Crestview Elementary School fifth-grader Samantha Field is an early riser. Getting up before the rest of her family, she'll take a bike ride or watch television. While flipping through the channels, she watched "Green Screen Adventures," a ME-TV children's show on KSTC Channel 45. At the end of the show, there was a spot asking for children's stories. Field wrote "Eating Healthy" and emailed it to the show's website. It was a short spot about two girls, one who ate a hamburger and the other a healthy...

Cottage Grove girl gets turn in TV spotlight after submitting children's story

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Cottage Grove girl gets turn in TV spotlight after submitting children's story
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Crestview Elementary School fifth-grader Samantha Field is an early riser. Getting up before the rest of her family, she'll take a bike ride or watch television.

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While flipping through the channels, she watched "Green Screen Adventures," a ME-TV children's show on KSTC Channel 45.

At the end of the show, there was a spot asking for children's stories.

Field wrote "Eating Healthy" and emailed it to the show's website. It was a short spot about two girls, one who ate a hamburger and the other a healthy sandwich, Field said. The girl with the burger got a tummy ache and the other girl asked if she wanted a healthy sandwich. The two went off to get the sandwich.

But more than a year went by before Field heard from the show that it would air in early March.

"It was pretty exciting," she said in a recent interview.

It got even better, she said, after Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey saw it and invited her to be on a South Washington County Telecommunications Commission show.

Field is thinking about doing more writing but, so far, hasn't thought of a subject to write a story about. She likes to eat healthful food but doesn't always do so. She enjoys energy snacks and knows how to make French toast, something she treated her friends to before they went to Valley Scare for her birthday in October.

Field likes books that have medieval themes and mysteries. She got a sewing kit and has learned to use her mother's sewing machine to make clothes for her sister Juliana's stuffed animals.

While sewing and working on three loom projects, Field is considering a career in fashion design.

Whatever's in her future, Field, the daughter of Jason and Marnie Field, said she's definitely headed to college after she graduates from Park High School.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
(651) 459-7600
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