Arts Partners of Wichita is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Its goal is to inspire creativity and learning by using the arts to enhance the classroom experience for students.
“I’m honored to be invited to join Arts Partners,” Overstake said. “It’s a privilege to be included on the list of the truly amazing local artists who devote their time and talents to help educate and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.”
A Wichita native, Overstake attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Jr. High, and Heights High School. His novel can be found on library shelves in public schools in the district as well as in local parochial schools. Continue reading
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned praise from athletes and country folk for its realistic depictions of the sport of pole-vaulting, and farm life. Now an athletic and spiritually aware teenage reviewer is praising the story for its deeper message.
Holly Smith’s review appears in the latest issue of Unity Leaders Magazine, the international publication of Unity Worldwide Ministries. Smith, a high school senior, is a cross-country runner and a leader in the International Youth of Unity program.
In reading the novel Smith writes, “I gained a greater appreciation for myself, and realized that I can do anything, no matter in what circumstance I might find myself. [Author Grant] Overstake gives the reader a personal sense of empowerment through all the struggles Maggie goes through, since they are relatable to everyday life.”
Aspiring pole-vaulter Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley discovered Maggie Vaults Over the Moon last summer. She was so inspired by the story, she stayed up all night to read it in one sitting, posting tweets about it on Twitter, and then she wrote a great review.
Wheatley, 16, will be a high school junior. She lives in Weston, Florida, where she is home schooled and competes for the SF Heat Track Club.
Author Grant Overstake says, “Maggie Wheatley is funny, bright, athletic, artistic, courageous, and wonderful. She has a passion for pole vaulting and her faith gives her the strength and zeal to overcome all obstacles. I’m happy to know that there’s a real-life Maggie in this world, and that she’s truly a great young woman.”
We caught up with her recently and she was excited to let us know how Maggie Steele, the heroine in the novel, continues to inspire her.
We think you’ll be inspired by the real-life Maggie, too.
Fireworks will be flying high this Friday, the 4th of July, and so will pole-vaulters at the 5th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
The event will be held from 11 am until 6 pm at Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River.
“Maggie has been all over the country and the world, but she’s never been to Wisconsin, which is a hotbed for pole-vaulting up north,” said author Grant Overstake. “Riverside Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world to pole-vault. And, it being July 4th, it will be an unforgettable experience!”