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2019 STUDENT POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers

Students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers’ 28th annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 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).

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

Grades 4-6

Paul Spence & Kathleen Brittain Poetry Award for Rhymed Verse (Sponsored by Paul S. Brittain)

• First-prize is "Standing Still and Tall" by Alexandra Monticue, Ligonier Valley Middle School

• Second-prize is "Love of the Game" by Xander Meese, Conemaugh Township Middle School

• Third-prize is "The Art" by Abigail Luscher, Conemaugh Township Middle School

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

• First-prize is "Winter" by Brianna Shetler, Conemaugh Township Middle School

• Second-prize is "The Pain Will be Less" by Ksena Spencer, Greensburg Salem Middle School

• Third-prize is "Glacier" by Haiden Henry, Conemaugh Township Middle School

Hayden Savinda Memorial Award for Haiku (Sponsored by Ronald J. Shafer)

• First-prize is "The Black Flamingo" by Zoe Robertson, Ligonier Valley Middle School

• Second-prize is "Author" by Iva Droske, Ligonier Valley Middle School

• Third-prize is "On a Snow Day" by Madison Thomas, Conemaugh Township Middle School


Grades 7-9

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

• First-prize is "Longing to Fly Again" by Isabella Brunetto, Indiana Area Junior High School

• Second-prize is "Resist" by Amber Yezek, Southmoreland Middle School

• Third-prize is "Lunch" by Emma Pruett, Hempfield Area High School

Shirey Poetry Award for Free Verse (Sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey)

• First-prize is "Replanted and Redefined" by Emma Galbraith, Southmoreland Middle School

• Second-prize is "Writer's Block" by Sienna Lehner, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

• Third-prize is "The Man in the House" by Nina Francia, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

Ogden Nash Award for Light Humorous Verse (Sponsored by Anita Staub)

• First-prize is "The Bus Ride" by Sarah Ruschak, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

• Second-prize is "My 2018 Vacation" by Evan Pohlot, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

• Third-prize is "Sleuthing for Sunglasses" by Sienna Lehner, Belle Vernon Area Middle School


Grades 10-12

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

• First-prize is "Sincerely, Me" by Faith McDowell, Ligonier Valley High School

• Second-prize is "Writers" by Arwin Elliott, Albert Gallatin Senior High School

• Third-prize is "The Beauty of Life" by Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School

Jane Robb Gallagher Award for Free Verse (Sponsored by Judith Gallagher)

• First-prize is "Homeless" by Bridget Doyle, Blairsville High School

• Second-prize is "Wave" by Sonya E. Demacek, Blairsville High School

• Third-prize is "Normal" by Faith McDowell, Ligonier Valley High School


Marie Martin Memorial Award for Romantic Poetry (Sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) 

• First-prize is "A Language of My Own: or Love" by Brennen Novotney, Hempfield High School

• Second-prize is "Him" by Shanna McManus, Albert Gallatin Senior High School

• Third-prize is "The Right Love" by Megan Miller, Derry Area High School

McGough Awards: The Best of the Best

The Walter McGough Memorial Award is for the best of the best in each age group. Winners are Cassidy Brown of Ligonier Valley Middle School for “Cliff” (grades 4-6), Kate Cramer of Southmoreland Middle School for “There Are No Sarahs Here” (grades 7-9) and Ashtyn Guesman of Albert Gallatin Senior High School for “She and a Sunset” (grades 10-12).


Two students won two prizes each. Sienna Lehner won both second prize in the Shirey Award and third prize in the Ogden Nash Award, and Faith McDowell won both first prize in the Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award and third prize in the Jane Robb Gallagher Award. Faith has won at least one award in the LVW poetry contest every year since 2013. Special congratulations to Faith and Sienna.


Five teachers had multiple winners in their classes. Meribeth DeBarto of Conemaugh Township Middle School is the teacher of Brianna Shetler, Xander Meese, Abigail Luscher, Haiden Henry, and Madison Thomas. Kelly Ankney of Ligonier Valley Middle School is the teacher of Cassidy Brown, Alexandra Monticue,  Zoe Robertson, and Iva Droske. Bethany Hutira of Southmoreland Middle School is the teacher of Kate Cramer, Emma Galbraith, and Amber Yezek. April Serock of Albert Gallatin Senior High School is the teacher of Ashtyn Guesman, Arwin Elliott, and Shanna McManus. Andrea DelFavero of Blairsville High School is the teacher of Bridget Doyle and Sonya E. Demacek.

Student Poetry Readings

Ligonier Valley Writers’ 28th annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.