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Winners of the 2016 LVW poetry contest (4 photos)

 

Ligonier Valley Writers' Student Poetry Contest winners at Barnes & Noble

Row 1: Valentina Gulino (Marshall Elementary School) and Shelby Bell (Ligonier Valley Middle School). Row 2: Isaiah Lezama (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Gianna Laurita (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Faith McDowell (Ligonier Valley High School), Joselyn Busato (Southmoreland Middle School), and Sydney Baciak (Belle Vernon Area Middle School). Row 3: Amanda Shultz (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Emma Krofcheck (Yough Senior High School), and Claire Ewing (Keystone Oaks High School).


Ligonier Valley Writers' Student Poetry Contest winners in Grades 4-6: Valentina Gulino (Marshall Elementary School) and Shelby Bell (Ligonier Valley Middle School).


Ligonier Valley Writers' Student Poetry Contest winners in Grades 7-9: Isaiah Lezama (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Amanda Shultz (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Gianna Laurita (Belle Vernon Area Middle School), Joselyn Busato (Southmoreland Middle School), Faith McDowell (Ligonier Valley High School), and Sydney Baciak (Belle Vernon Area Middle School).

Ligonier Valley Writers' Student Poetry Contest winners in Grades 10-12: Claire Ewing (Keystone Oaks High School) and Emma Krofcheck (Yough Senior High School).


Rules for the 2016 Poetry Contest

 


































































Winners of the 2015 Poetry Contest

 

Students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers’ twenty-fourth annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 25, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.  The judges received several hundred entries from school students and homeschoolers throughout western Pennsylvania.

The winning poems may be found here  Photos of the awards may be found here

Grades 4-6
The winners of the Paul Spencer Poetry Award for rhymed verse (sponsored by Kathleen and Paul S. Brittain) are
David McElfresh of Derry Area Middle School (first prize for “I Did It!")
Valentina Gulino of Marshall School (second prize for “I Love to Read”)
Lily Kurek of Baggaley Elementary School (third prize for “Do Dogs Dream?”).

Winners of the Chestnut Ridge Literary Award for unrhymed verse (sponsored by Lou and Barbara Steiner) are
Makenzy Semelsberger of Derry Area Middle School (first prize for “The Current”)
Lucas Mullen of Derry Area Middle School (second prize for “What to Do If You're a Teddy Bear”)
Christian Burdick, also of Derry Area Middle School (third prize for “My Life Is Like a Video Game”).

There were no winners of the Hayden Savinda Memorial Award for haiku (sponsored by Ronald J. Shafer) this year.

Grades 7-9
First-prize winner of the Highview Farm Award for traditional verse
(sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey): Simon Sweeney for “Walk”
John Herman won second prize for “City”
Alaijha Smith third prize for “Bad Comes with Good.”
All three winners attend Obama Academy.

Winners of the Shirey Poetry Award for free verse (also sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) are
Jayla Ellis (first prize for “Hold On”)
Miranda Gilbert (second prize for “Priorities”
Victoria Watts (third prize for “Not Anti-Social”)
All three winners attend Obama Academy.

Winners of the Ogden Nash Award for light humorous verse (sponsored by Anita Staub) are
Zyaire Walker of Obama Academy (first prize for “I Live for the Moment”)
DaMon Macklin, also of Obama Academy (second prize for "Parental Guidance")
Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley Middle School (third prize for "I Like Skunks")

Grades 10-12

Winners of the Log House Award for traditional verse (sponsored by the Greensburg Writers’ Group in memory of Tina Thoburn) are
Paisley Adams of Greensburg Central Catholic High School (first prize for “Konzenstratonslager”)
Julie Heming of Hempfield Area Senior High School (second prize for “When the Tide Comes”)
Kailee Lear of Ligonier Valley High School (third prize for “Perception”).

Winners of the Jane Robb Gallagher Award for free verse (sponsored by Judith Gallagher) are
Chip Dougherty of North Allegheny High School (first prize for “Kayaking Madness”)
Elizabeth Donaldson of Grove City Area High School (second prize for “I Will Not Enter”)
Jessica McNulty of Lincoln Park High School (third prize for “Lorelei”).

Winner of the first prize in the Marie Martin Memorial Award for romantic poetry (sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) is
Kailee Lear of Ligonier Valley High School
No second or third prize was awarded in this category.

McGough Awards: The Best of the Best

The Walter McGough Memorial Award is for the best of the best in each age group.
Lucas Mullen of Derry Area Middle School for “Lift Off!” (grades 4-6)
Emma Krofcheck of Yough High School for “Insanity Sonnet” (grades 7-9)
Julie Heming of Hempfield Area Senior High School for
“The Lull in the Battle
(But You Know They Say That's When They Bury the Dead” (grades 10-12).

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).  Special congratulations to Lucas Mullen, Julie Heming, and Kailee Lear, who won two awards each.  Our thanks to poets Michael Albright and Ron Shafer, who served as judges, for their hard work and discernment.


Winners of the 2014 Poetry Contest

 

Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers

Twenty-five students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers’ twenty-third annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.  The judges received several hundred entries from school students and homeschoolers throughout western Pennsylvania.

Grades 4-6

The winners of the Paul Spencer Poetry Award for rhymed verse (sponsored by Kathleen and Paul S. Brittain) are Amelia Aceves of Heritage Elementary School (first prize for “Freedom”), Madison Beatty of Ligonier Valley Middle School (second prize for “My Life”) and James Sarver, also of Ligonier Valley Middle School (third prize for “Minecraft”).

Winners of the Chestnut Ridge Literary Award for unrhymed verse (sponsored by Lou and Barbara Steiner) are Brando Sell of Franklin Regional Middle School (first prize for “Ivy”), Madison Pierce of Ligonier Valley Middle School (second prize for “Soccer”) and Megan Betz, also of Ligonier Valley Middle School (third prize for “Friends”).

Winners of the Hayden Savinda Memorial Award for haiku (sponsored by Ronald J. Shafer) are Michael Petrof (first prize for “Close Game”), Molly Davis (second prize for “Summer”) and Myrna Breegle (third prize for “Waiting”). All three haiku winners attend Ligonier Valley Middle School.

Grades 7-9

First-prize winner of the Highview Farm Award for traditional verse (sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) is Nicole Fratrich (for “Undoubtedly a Fool's Paradise”). Kailee Lear won both second prize for “When You're Left All Alone” and third prize for “The World as We Know It”. Both winners attend Ligonier Valley High School.

Winners of the Shirey Poetry Award for free verse (also sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) are Lelaina A. Thornton of Shaler Area Middle School (first prize for “Where the Wind Takes Me”), Emma Krofcheck of Yough Intermediate Middle School (second prize for “My Soil”) and Maggie Ridilla of North Star Middle School (third prize for “Me, Myself, and I”).

The winner of the first prize for the Ogden Nash Award for light humorous verse (sponsored by Anita Staub) is Luke Lang of North Star East Middle School (for “Luke”). No second or third prize was awarded in this category.

Grades 10-12

Winners of the Log House Award for traditional verse (sponsored by the Greensburg Writers’ Group in memory of Tina Thoburn) are Isley Smith of North Allegheny High School (first prize for “Tree of Flowing Lines”), Taylor Fuchs of West Mifflin Area High School (second prize for “Serendipity”) and Evan Craska of Central Catholic High School (third prize for “Swimming into the Abyss”).

Winners of the Jane Robb Gallagher Award for free verse (sponsored by Judith Gallagher) are Maia Rosenfeld, a homeschooler from Pittsburgh (first prize for “Speeding”), Paisley Adams of Greensburg Central Catholic High School (second prize for “Gettysburg”) and Nadeem Demian of Pittsburgh Alderdice High School (third prize for “The Before”).

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 Amanda Wynn of Ligonier Valley Middle School for “The Socklamation Proclamation” (grades 4-6), Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley Middle School for “Life Is a Yellow Brick Road” (grades 7-9) and Grace Keibler of Trinity Christian School for “Rubies Are the Most Precious of Gems” (grades 10-12).

The winning students performed their poems aloud to a standing-room-only audience of proud family members, teachers and others.  These talented young writers received certificates, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes.  Special congratulations to Kailee Lear and Nadeem Demian, who won two awards each.  Our thanks to poets Ruth McDonald, Michael Albright and Ron Shafer, who served as judges, for their hard work and discernment.


Poetry Deadline Extended — Scroll down for the submission form.

 

Due to the extreme weather this winter, many schools had a lot of snow days or delays and ran out of time for extracurricular activities.  To help out, Ligonier Valley Writers is extending the deadline for its 24th annual Student Poetry Contest for kids in grades 4 through 12.  The deadline for submitting poems is now March 23.

The awards ceremony for the winners of the Student Poetry Contest will take place on Saturday, April 25, at Barnes & Noble (1099 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg) at 4:00 p.m.  Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for three poems, the best of the best in each age group).  Many students will read their winning poems aloud.  They will also receive a booklet of all the winning poems.  Last year there were more than 70 people in the audience cheering on LVW's student poets.

LVW will have a bookfair at B&N again during the awards; please put off making some of your purchases until then.  LVW will receive a percentage of what you spend.  Proceeds will go toward supporting LVW's publications and programs.

Writing Opportunities for Adults

Meanwhile, for you adults who are feeling creative, the deadline for submissions to The Loyalhanna Review is May 1.  The deadline for the Flash Fiction Contest is August 15.

Next Up for LVW: Memoir Writing & Genealogy Workshop March 14

LVW and Westmoreland County Historical Society will present an all-day workshop on recapturing the past through memoir writing and genealogy on Saturday, March 14, at the Calvin E. Pollins Library of the Westmoreland County Historical Society (Suite 1 at 362 Sand Hill Road, Greensburg).  In the morning session (10:00 a.m. to noon), Marge Burke will teach participants how to write a memoir.  In the afternoon (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), Joanna Moyar will introduce attendees to genealogy and genealogical resources.  Registration and welcoming remarks begin at 9:30 a.m.  Morning refreshments and a box lunch will be provided.  The registration deadline is March 9.  The cost is $35 for LVW and WCHS members and $40 for nonmembers.  Registrations forms are at www.LVWonline.org.  For more information, call Mary Ann Mogus at (724) 836-1099 or email her at jaguar263@verizon.net.

Dues Are Due

For members of Ligonier Valley Writers, it's membership renewal time.  For those of you who aren't yet members, please consider joining LVW.  You'll get into nearly every event at a discount (some are even free to members), and you'll support an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been working hard for nearly thirty years to bring inspiring, useful workshops, talks, and publication opportunities to writers and readers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.  You don’t need to be a writer to enjoy our programs or our publications.

Dues have remained steady at only $30 for years.  You can download a membership application at www.LVWonline.org.  Please send your check, made out to Ligonier Valley Writers, to PO Box B, Ligonier, PA 15658. Thank you!