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2012 Young Writers Contest Winners


Live Oak Public Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writers Contest. There were 710 submissions in this ninth year of the annual writing competition. Entrants range in age from students in kindergarten to college, and attend public, private and home schools.

This year our young writers were asked to select at least five words from a list that was drawn from work by this year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival featured authors and illustrators. There was no restriction on form, and their poems ranged from haiku to sonnets and beyond.

We thank Dr. Allen Berger, chairman of the Library’s Board of Trustees, for coordinating this year’s judging panels and thank our 2012 contest judges for their willingness to share their time and expertise with us. They are: Sarah Bates, Emma Conyers, Dr. Rebecca Gaston-Dawson, Meaghan Walsh Gerard, Chris Johnson, Jason Kendall, Catherine Killingsworth, Patricia Lockwood, Dottie Lynch, Sandrae McCorkle, Diane Rillington, and Darlene Wilson.

This year’s winners are invited to a reception in their honor at the Bull Street Library on Wednesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. They will read their winning entries, meet the judges, and receive their awards at that time. The public is invited to attend.

The judges’ selections for the 2012 winning entries are:

Grades K – 2
First Place: “Green and Pink Dinosaurs” by Anton Pirro, Charles Ellis Montessori School
Second Place: “The Pink Dragon” by Mason Angel Nava, Butler Elementary School
Third Place: “Rocket Dog” by Raizel Earlix, Homeschool

Grades 3 through 5
First Place: “Ten Little Tadpoles” by Rebecca Rone, Pooler Elementary School
Second Place: “The Tornados” by Colby McAlister, Gould Elementary School
Third Place: “Friends” by Taylor Mason, Hancock Day School

Grades 6 through 8
First Place: “Hourglass” by Alexa Pfeiffer, Esther F. Garrison School
Second Place: “Maniac Chickens and a Smiling Dog” by Elaina Borland, West Chatham Middle School
Third Place: “The Everlasting Storm” by Aisling Hill, Esther F. Garrison School
Honorable Mention: “My Family Is Not Normal” by Kayla Berry, Esther F. Garrison School

Grade 9 through 12
First Place: “The Seed” by Maya J. Hardrick, Savannah Country Day
Second Place: “Adventures” by Logan McDonald, Home school
Third Place: “On the Wacky Farm” by Keisha Lee, Woodville Tompkins High School
Honorable Mention: “Metamorphosis” by Shawn Fang, Wichita High School East

First Place: “The Raven and the Butterfly” by Kelleigh Cram, Georgia Southern University
Second Place: “You” by Rachid Bangre, Savannah Technical College
Third Place: “Honey” by A’lexia Jenkins, Savannah State University