Four South County Students Take Top Honors in Young Author Contest

The Anne Arundel County Reading Council has announced the 2013 winners of their annual “Young Authors Contest.” The council reported that they received more than 1,000 entries. The deadline to submit an essay, short story or poem was Dec. 14, 2013. Since then, members of the council have been reading and judging the entries.

An elementary and middle school Young Authors reception for the winners (listed below) will be held at the College Parkway Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on April 27. The High School Young Author’s reception for the winners (also listed below) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Phoenix Academy in Annapolis.

The contest was open to any student in public or private school. Some teachers use the contest as an assignment, but that is at the discretion of the teacher. Some teachers just provide contest details and offer it to students as an extracurricular or writing club activity. That is why participation varies. In the end, some schools will submit scores of entries, while others schools may send a few entries and still others may not participate at all.

Writing

The essay contest was open to all students in the county.

The students whose work placed first or second in the Anne Arundel County competition will move on to the state’s Maryland Young Author’s contest.

We pulled the South County winners out of the winner lists below. They are all in the poetry category:

Central Elementary:

  • Logan Clay, 1st place for “The Best Day.” Clay is in 2nd grade.
  • Deven Bowman, 1st place for “Frankenstorm.” Bowman is in 5th grade.

Mayo Elementary

  • Avery Wilder took 2nd place for “Scared.” Wilder is in 3rd grade.

Southern Middle

  • Coleman Campbell, 1st place, 6th grade

Countywide winners are listed by grade below. If you can’t read the table, check out the winner lists on the AACRC page.

Elementary School Winners

Grade
Category
Place
Student
School
Title
Teacher
Second
Poetry
First
Logan Clay
Central
The Best Day
Ms. Gibson
 
 
Second
Vivian Maneval
South Shore
Sniffles
Mrs. Balestreire
 
Short Story
First
Reagan McCoy
Rippling Woods
Journal Ramblings of the Frequently Punished
Mrs. Mozdzen
 
 
Second
Kali Gaestel
Rippling Woods
Brooke’s Books
Mrs. Earley
Third
Poetry
First
Sophia Rose Facciponti
Cape St. Claire
Sandy Strikes
Mrs. DeMarco
 
 
Second
Avery Wilder
Mayo
Scared
Ms. McCoy
 
Short Story
First
Sophia Edillon
Hillsmere
How Sarah Changed
Mrs. Ferrer
 
 
Second
Erin McCulloch
Four Seasons
Princess Marissa’s Quest for the Staff, Emerald
Mrs. Armstrong
Fourth


 

Poetry
First
Anagha Chundury
Crofton Meadows
Rush
Mrs. Olivier
 
 
Second
Camden Buckley
Four Seasons
Geronimo
Mr. Mankin
 
Short Story
First
Audre Cadd
Linthicum
The Adventure of Earth Girl: Recycling Hero
Mrs.
Miller
 
 
Second
Abigail McFarland
Lake Shore
The Dismount
Mrs. Kelly
Fifth
Poetry
First
Deven Bowman
Central
Franken Storm
Mrs. Davis
 
 
Second
Divine Mitchell
Brooklyn Park
I Love Basketball
Mr. Clapper
 
Short Story
First
Elizabeth
Isakov
Benfield
The Great Escape
Mrs. Skallos
 
 
Second
Emma Miller
St. Martin’s Lutheran School
Grammie Rosa
Ms. Doyle

Middle School Winners

Grade

Category
Place
Student
School
6
Poetry
First
Coleman Campbell
Southern MS
Second
Chris Cooley
Crofton MS
Third
Maggie Strandquist
Severn River MS
Short Story
First
Brook Lesikar
Magothy River MS
Second
Ben Barrett
Chesapeake Bay MS
Third
Claire Auth
Bates MS
7
Poetry
First
Margaret Russell
Severn River MS
Second
Jacob Sell
Magothy River MS
Third
Maggie Campbell
Magothy River MS
Short Story
First
Rachel Heller
Crofton MS
Second
Olivia Behrens
Chesapeake Bay MS
Third
Megan Jackson
Bates MS
8
Poetry
First
Christine Parkent
Chesapeake Bay MS
Second
Keith Walker, Jr.
J. Albert Adams Academy
Third
Catherine Sigler
Crofton MS
Short Story
First
Christine Parkent
Chesapeake Bay MS
Second
William Morgan
Magothy River MS
Third
Catherine Supko
Arundel MS

 

High School Winners

Grade

Poem

Essay

9th

1st Place:  Kelsey Stalnaker, ‘Friend to Friend’, Northeast HS2nd Place:  Sarah Givens, ‘Untitled’, Broadneck HS 3rd Place:  Hailey Wilberger, ‘A Familiar Mystery’, Broadneck HS 1st Place:  Alexis Pecknay, ‘Finding Peace’, Broadneck HS2nd Place:  Abby Brown, ‘Lost’, Broadneck HS3rd Place:  Paul Greene, Jr., ‘My First Carnival Gone Wrong’, Broadneck HS

10th

1st Place:  Josie Wolfe, ‘Field Hockey’, North County HS 2nd Place:  Tiffany Dorbert, ‘My 2nd Birthday Present’, North County HS 3rd Place:  Elizabeth Willard, ‘The Mask’, Broadneck HS 1st Place:  Tiffany Dorbert, ‘This Could Be My Home’, North County HS 2nd Place:  Meredith Hale, ‘You Can’t Even Imagine’, North County HS 3rd Place:  Briana Hubbard, ‘The Golden Gates’, North County HS

11th

1st Place:  Sara Hirshon, ‘Poem Writing’, Broadneck HS 2nd Place:  Amanda Turner, ‘Dancing With Distance’, North County HS 3rd Place:   Anderson Bamaca, ‘The Artist’, North County HS 1st Place:  Sara Schulke, ‘Voice of the Past’, Broadneck HS  2nd Place:  Faye Gruzinski, ’27 Degrees Up Top, 20 On The Bottom’, North County HS 3rd Place: Amanda Turner, ‘Just Because I Owe You’, North County HS

12th

1st Place:   Tori Marsh, ‘Black Dahila’, Broadneck HS 2nd Place:  Bradley Gilmore, ‘Night of the Hunter’, North County HS 3rd Place:  Mackenzie Williams, ‘Way of Life, Broadneck HS 1st Place:  Drew Crandall, ‘Voice of the Past’, Broadneck HS 2nd Place:  Rachel Willison, ‘Neighbor’, Broadneck HS

 

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