Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Maggie to Inspire Teens at ‘Dream Big Conference’

Inspirational Maggie has been invited to the Big Dream Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

Maggie has been invited to the Big Dream Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — Eleven motivational speakers will speak at the Dream Big Conference for Teen Girls and Parents. Joining them will be Maggie Steele, the inspirational storybook pole-vaulter and farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas.

Dream Big Conference organizer Sheila Hordal and her daughters, left, and Kassandra.

Dream Big Conference organizer Sheila Hordal with daughters, Bryanne, left, and Kassandra.

The conference, on Sunday February 9th, is designed to help teen girls find role models and resources to help them achieve more than they ever thought they could. Parents also will learn how to help their daughters be successful.

Conference organizer Sheila Hordal will present multiple copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon at the conference, which has drawn media attention — and an enthusiastic endorsement from the Premier of Alberta.

“This is a tremendous honor for Maggie,” Author Grant Overstake said. “For her to be lifted up as a role model at a conference dedicated to motivating teen girls is simply breathtaking.” Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Shines at Kansas Board of Education

TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 12, 2013) — Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, shared the limelight at the Kansas State Board of Education meeting when Gary coversmallMusselman, Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), recognized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon during his annual report to the board.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen who finds the strength to overcome tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The young adult novel, suitable for 4th graders and up, has been endorsed by US Olympians, coaches, counselors, and many others — including KSHSAA — who recommend the book’s inspiring message for young people. Continue reading


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Williams and Yeomans Vault ‘Maggie’ to the Top of the World!

With a caption reading, Grant Overstake's brilliant pole vaulting novel inspires Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans to Gold medal winning performances at The World Masters Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil, he posted this wonderful photo on his Facebook page.

Champions Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans with ‘Maggie’ at the World Masters Championships.

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Oct. 25) — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele received a huge honor at the World Masters Track and Field Championships, when two gold medal winning pole-vaulters — Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans of Great Britain — paid a special tribute to Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Speaking for the characters in the fictional community where the story is set, Overstake said, “We’re all teary eyed here in Grain Valley, Kansas. What a wonderful and thoughtful tribute. It’s just super, super great!” Continue reading


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Maggie Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Olympic Greats and Future Greats at Doctoberfest 2013!

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Bell Athletics’ Kayla Caldwell won the female division of Doctoberfest 2013.

JAMESTOWN, Kan. — Storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele celebrated her first anniversary in the company of a former world-record holder, Olympians, and Olympic hopefuls at Doctoberfest 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 5th.

The eighth annual event at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club featured many high-flying professional, collegiate, and high school athletes who rocketed toward the rafters in this converted basketball gym, which now is considered a kind of Field of Dreams for pole-vaulting here in the northernmost part of the central Kansas prairie.

(Click here to view all Doctoberfest 2013 photos).

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind Pole Vault Club members to watch, dream, and soar.

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind members to watch, dream, and soar.

Among nearly 60 athletes who charged down the rubberized runway Saturday, the biggest thrills were provided by the youngest vaulters, future greats such as Kendall Reynolds and Zoe Bechard, a pair of 10-year-olds from nearby Concordia, Kan., who reminded everyone in attendance that having lots of fun is what vaulting at Tailwind is all about. Continue reading


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Maggie Vaults the State Capitol Building!

[BULLETIN] TOPEKA, Kan. -- Maggie Steele, the gusty farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan., pole-vaulted to a new State Capitol Building record here Saturday at the Kansas Book Festival.  Maggie says, "It was an unforgettable, amazing experience. The people I got to meet, I just can't believe it! I'm still pinching myself. Watch this space for more details!"

[BULLETIN] TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 7th) — Maggie Steele, a gusty farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan., pole-vaulted to a new State Capitol Building record here Saturday at the Kansas Book Festival. “It was an unforgettable, amazing experience,” she said. “The people I got to meet, I can’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself.”


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Summers Family Helps Maggie Shine in Sabetha, Kansas

The Summers family's passion for 'Maggie' appears in this week's edition of their hometown newspaper, the Sebetha (Kan.) Herald. A fictional Sebetha Bluejays vaulter competes against Maggie in the novel in the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

The Summers family’s passion for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ led to a great article in this week’s edition of their hometown newspaper, The Sabetha Herald. In the young adult novel, a Sabetha High School pole-vaulter competes with Maggie at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

An awesome Kansas sports family with a passion for pole-vaulting has helped Maggie make headlines in their hometown newspaper.

Maggie competes against a vaulter from Sebetha High School.

In the novel, Maggie Steele competes against a vaulter from Sabetha High School.

It all started when Sabetha native, Marcus Summers, who coaches Garden City Western Express, introduced Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to his athletes, presenting the young adult novel to them as end-of-season “Maggie Awards.”

Marcus then introduced Maggie to parents, Jon and Janet, who live in Sabetha, located in the northeast corner of the state.

Janet then wrote to author Grant Overstake, asking permission to approach the local newspaper: “My husband and I have both read your book and loved it,” she wrote. “We’re recommending it to anyone wanting a great, inspiring read, set in rural Kansas.”

With a big thumbs-up from the author, Janet shared the story with Patty Locher, Staff Writer at the Sabetha Herald. She, too, emailed the author: “I read the book last night and loved it! You have a treasure here, a “can’t-put-it-down” book!” Continue reading


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Maggie to Appear at Kansas Book Festival

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Maggie Steele is headed to the Statehouse!

Author Grant Overstake will introduce his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to the book-loving people of Kansas at the Kansas Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7th, on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka.

KSHSAACOVERDesigned to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the free public event will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children.

The festival aims to promote literacy and to encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.

“It’s just the right setting for a homegrown heroine like Maggie Steele,” Overstake said. “She can’t wait to be there!”

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