MAPLETON, Maine — One of the big moments of young Chase Guerrette’s life so far is being included in a recent issue of Highlights children’s magazine.
The June 2011 issue of Highlights has published a comment on nature and the wilderness by the 7-year-old in the “What Makes You Happy?” feature. Chase, the son of Ryan and Renee Guerrette of Mapleton, will be a second-grader at Mapleton Elementary School this fall.
Each year, Highlights readers send the magazine more than 35,000 submissions. The magazine selects works by boys and girls of all ages and from many different places in the world. By showcasing a representative sample of all the writing, Highlights hopes to foster children’s creativity.
In response to the question “What Makes You Happy?” Chase replied, “Things that make me happy: Allagash Wilderness — Maine Woods, Fishing, Sunny days and Nature.”
The Allagash Wilderness is a special place for the Guerrettes.
“Chase’s great-great-grandfather, Sam Jalbert, had a big camp up there and was a tour guide,” said Renee Guerrette. “He was published in ‘National Geographic’ doing a headstand in a canoe. Chase is actually named after Chase’s Carry [a set of rapids that you have to carry the canoe over], so it was special for him to write about the Allagash.”
“Plus we go there every summer,” Chase said. “We take a tent and go camping. Sometimes I go with my dad and grandfather and sometimes I go with my dad and grandmother. It’s fun.”
Chase said it was his idea to submit the writing to the magazine.
“I hoped that it would be chosen, and it was,” he said.
Highlights mailed a letter to the family, as well as a few copies of the magazine, letting Chase know his comments had been chosen for publication.
“I was excited to see it [my writing] in a magazine,” said Chase. “It was pretty cool.”
Chase, a member of the Boy Scouts, enjoys playing hockey, baseball, board games, Wii, doing crafts, drawing, reading, riding 4-wheelers, painting, collecting, camping, fishing and hunting. He would like to be a carpenter or an artist when he grows up.
Highlights is one of the most recognizable and widely read children’s magazines in the nation. It printed its 1 billionth copy in June 2006.
The June 2011 issue celebrated the 65th anniversary of Highlights’ first issue, so Chase was part of a collector’s edition issue.