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2018 STUDENT POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers

Students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania and homeschoolers were honored

at Ligonier Valley Writers’ 27th annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.

 

The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers, and others. These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).

Front row, left to right: Jordyn Keller (Wendover Middle School), Kimmy Barnard (Wendover Middle School), William Flow (Derry Area Middle School), Emily Pierce (Greater Latrobe Jr. High School). Back row, left to right: Faith McDowell (Ligonier Valley High School), Rachel Levesque (Blairsville High School), Luke Duffey (Blairsville High School), Natalia Sturges (Derry Area High School).

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

Grades 4-6

Chestnut Ridge Literary Award for Unrhymed Verse (Sponsored by Lou and Barbara Steiner)

• First-prize is Adleigh Myers, homeschooled (Grade 4) for "Sweet Sap"

No second or third prize was awarded in this category this year.


Grades 7-9

Highview Farm Award for Traditional Verse (Sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey)

• First-prize winner is Kylie Landis, Somerset Area Middle School (Grade 9) for "I'm Going to School Today”

• Second-prize winner is Jordyn Keller, Wendover Middle School (Grade 7) for "Martin"

• Third-prize winner is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “My Turn”

Shirey Poetry Award for Free Verse (Sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey)
• First-prize winner is Kylie Landis, Somerset Area Middle School (Grade 9) for "In the Wind"

• Second-prize winner is  Samantha Reese, of  Derry Area Middle School (Grade 7) for "Meadows"

• Third-prize winner is Kimmy Barnard, of Wendover Middle School (Grade 7) for "Nothing"

Ogden Nash Award for Light Humorous Verse (Sponsored by Anita Staub)
• First-prize winner is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “English Is Phatt"

• Second-prize winner is William Flow, Derry Area Middle School (Grade 8) for "Drive-In"

• Third-prize winner is Emily Pierce, Greater Latrobe Junior High School (Grade 8) for "Tennis"
 
Grades 10-12

Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award for Traditional Verse (Sponsored by Ruth McDonald)

• First-prize winner is Rachel Levesque, Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "If Time Were a Person"

• Second-prize winner is Faith McDowell, Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for “They Deserve to Know”

No third prize was awarded this year.

Jane Robb Gallagher Award for Free Verse (Sponsored by Judith Gallagher)
• First-prize winner is Shannon Podolski, Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Sugarcoated"
• Second-prize winner is Luke Duffey Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Praying for Prey"

• Third-prize winner is Faith McDowell, Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for  “Who I Want to Be"
Marie Martin Memorial Award for Romantic Poetry (Sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) 

• First-prize winner is Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for “Love Is Strong"