Teddie Gottstein never expected to win our “You Finish the Story” competition.

The retired teacher simply thought long and hard about how she could make her story “interesting.”

She built it around an idea that really took place. Her former French teacher at a Chicago high school was a nun who left the convent, and her friend really did see her in France.

That international twist and turn helped make her story stand out, but so did all of the Kenosha references. She really put together a hometown “You Finish the Story” that our judges picked as the winner from two dozen adult entries.

The local references came naturally to Gottstein, who moved to Kenosha in the early 1970s and has seen the city change so dramatically from a “sleepy town.”

“The city fathers have really developed it,” she said.

She retired from teaching part time at the Adult Learning Center at Gateway Technical College, where she helped people get their GEDs.

She enjoys reading fiction but hasn’t written it — until now. Maybe this will provide a spark.

It’s clear that she — and others who entered — enjoyed tackling our first “You Finish the Story.”

It’s was fun,” she said. “ It was a challenge.”

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