Reading Council Announce Young Authors’ Contest Winners

Author Sharon Flake shares a message about perseverance with her own writing to inspire students at the Eastern Shore Reading Councils annual Young Authors’ Contest celebration.

Salisbury, Md. – The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) filled the Wicomico Room at the Guerrieri Student Union at Salisbury University Thursday evening to a standing only crowd to announce the 2018 Young Authors’ Contest winners. Receiving entries from 28 public and private schools on the Shore’s lower three counties, the contest continues to become more and more competitive as the quality of writing is improving among entries.

“We are very proud of the students who entered this year’s contest,” Dr. Brian Cook, ESRC Young Authors’ Contest Co-Chair, stated in a release. He indicated the contest was comprised of students in grades 2-12 and two categories, poetry and short story, available in each of those grade levels. Those invited for the awards ceremony received a finalist postcard notifying them they were a top three place winner. “Anytime you can highlight a child who is working and challenging themselves to improve their writing is a huge win. Many of our students here tonight were first time winners and were beaming as they came up to receive their award; it was truly exciting.”

Prior to receiving their awards finalists were inspired by the words of award winning author Sharon Flake. Flake focuses her work on young adult literature and articulated the power of perseverance and to never stop writing to the children.

Shown below are winners by grade and category:

Elementary (Grades 2-5)

Place
Name
Title
School
Grade 2
Poetry
1
Benjamin Williams
Dear Dragon
Ocean City Elementary
2
Chloe Holland
Unicorn Unicorn
Ocean City Elementary
3
Ben Rafinski
In The Future
Worcester Prep
Grade 2
Short Story
1
Rani Yonker
The Adventures of Max and Elliott
Worcester Prep
2
Emilia McGrew
The Little Leaf
The Salisbury School
3
Scarlett Shimko
The Puppy Rescue Club
Worcester Prep
Grade 3
Poetry
1
Araya Sunshine Harrison
Superheroes
Holly Grove Christian School
2
Lucas Swenson
Brothers
North Salisbury Elementary
3
Anson Todd
Mom-Mom Cindy’s Food is Made with Love
Northwestern Elementary
Grade 3
Short Story
1
Mason Catellier
Superonion and Mr. Cheeseman’s Final Battle
North Salisbury Elementary
2
Luna Tapia-Martinez
Video Gaming Santa
Delmar Elementary
3
Todd Bao
The Defender of Mount Magna
Pocomoke Elementary
Grade 4
Poetry
1
Alice Terrill
A Pencil and Paper
The Salisbury School
2
Savannah Aralyn Wertz
Boogie Board Beach Bum
Snow Hill Middle
3
Katlyn M. Hornsby
Autumn
North Salisbury Elementary
Grade 4
Short Story
1
Maddi Luffman
Best Friends
Pittsville Elementary & Middle
2
Ayla Yonker
The Ghost Painter
Worcester Prep
3
Caleb Loring
Back in Time
Berlin Intermediate
Grade 5
Poetry
1
Jaidan Davis
Rainbow
Pocomoke Middle
2
Oscar Gil Leyva
Art
Deal Island School
3
Isaian G. Parker
Achieve a Goal
Deal Island School
Grade 5
Short Story
1
Emaan Ehtasham
A Carrot’s Life
Worcester Prep
2
Jillian C. Watson
Midnight Ballerinas
Salisbury Christian
3
Ava O’Neal
There’s a Cat in the Attic
Salisbury Christian
Middle (Grades 6-8)
Grade 6
Poetry
1
Ethan Justice
Time
Berlin Intermediate School
2
Pim Noparat
What I Know About the World
Berlin Intermediate School
3
Bree Peters
Be Like Them
The Salisbury School
Grade 6
Short Story
1
Cameron Mason
Mr. Linden’s Library
Bennett Middle
2
Allie Jimmerson
The Run for Life
Bennett Middle
3
Richard Godwin
The Phoenix of Heroism
Salisbury Middle
Grade 7
Poetry
1
Grace Pettitt
When You See a Soldier
The Salisbury School
2
Benjamin O’Brien
I Will Not Read This to the Class
The Salisbury School
3
Aidan Todd
Ghost, My Puppy, My Friend
Mardela Middle & High
Grade 7
Short Story
1
Morgan Schoch
Luna Distance
Worcester Prep
2
Jack Greenwood
Loyalty
Stephen Decatur Middle
3
Hayley Burnside
The Show Must Go On
Wicomico Middle
Grade 8
Poetry
1
Kiersen Thorne
What am I?
Stephen Decatur Middle
2
Gracie Bounds
Dress to Impress
Bennett Middle
3
Andrea Harmon
Growing Up Father
Washington High & Academy
Grade 8
Short Story
1
Kendahl Parsons
One Last Time
Stephen Decatur Middle
2
Myra Cropper
Revenge
Worcester Prep
3
Nicholas Benton
Death till You Part
The Salisbury School
High (Grades 9-12)
Grade 9
Poetry
1
Raekiya Beckett
No Turning Back
Pocomoke High
2
Hannah Perdue
Growth
Worcester Prep
3
Kat McCormick
A Novel Comes to Life
Worcester Prep
Grade 9
Short Story
1
Sophia Smith
Beautiful Endings
James M. Bennett High
2
Arusa Islam
Dimension
Stephen Decatur High
3
Alexa Hall
Poison
Pocomoke High
Grade 10
Poetry
1
Sophia Peters
An Ocean In My Mind
James M. Bennett High
2
Ki’Aira Dashiell
The Endless Storm
James M. Bennett High
3
Devin Wallace
Sailboat Dreams
Worcester Prep
Grade 10
Short Story
1
Quinn McColgan
Ordinary
Worcester Prep
2
William Jay Taylor III
Unforgivable Mistakes
James M. Bennett High
3
Mikayla Denault
Growing Up a Girl in a Man’s World
Stephen Decatur High
Grade 11
Poetry
1
Eunice Huesca
Aliens
Stephen Decatur High
2
Emily Malinowski
My Book of Wonders
Stephen Decatur High
3
Allison Hunter
Dancing Flame
Stephen Decatur High
Grade 11
Short Story
1
Lucy Adelizzi
The Undying Love
James M. Bennett High
2
Zoe Michelle Bradshaw
Lost
Mardela Middle & High
3
Allison Warrington
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye
James M. Bennett High
Grade 12
Poetry
1
Rachael Walker
More Than What Meets the Eye
Wicomico High
2
Molly Forsythe
Dungeons
James M. Bennett High
3
Camryn Sofronski
Seemly
Worcester Prep
Grade 12
Short Story
1
Maddy Sherwood
The Making of a Goddess
James M. Bennett High
2
Jayden Overton-O’Hara
Path to Freedom
James M. Bennett High
3
Devin Thompson
The Light of Little Things
Pocomoke High

 

 

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Hundreds of books in the hands of children

ESRC President Lizanne Wallace, left, is shown with one pair of community members attending the annual Wild About Reading event at the Salisbury Zoo. The ESRC continues to co-sponsor the event and hands out books to community members in attendance.

  • Wild About Read event a huge success

Salisbury, Md. — The  Salisbury Zoo and Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC)  partnered with a variety of community organizations to offer a focused evening on literacy activities around components of the zoo. Children and parents were invited to learn about different zoo animals through a variety of literacy activities.

“It is always a wonderful opportunity to interact with the children of our local communities and share the power of literacy,” ESRC President Lizanne Wallace stated about the annual event as the organization gave away hundreds of different titles away to children. “We want to continue to support children and families offering books and tools to support literacy in the home. The Zoo along with the many organizations here offer a great platform for us to interact with the youth of our community. We are very thankful to be part of this event every year.”

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