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Winners of the Poetry Contest for 2018


Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers

 




















Students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania and homeschoolers were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers' twenty-seventh annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.

Grades 7-9

Winner of the first prize in the Chestnut Ridge Literary Award for unrhymed verse (sponsored by Lou and Barbara Steiner) is Adleigh Myers, homeschooled (Grade 4) for “Sweet Sap."  No second or third prize was awarded in this category this year.

First-prize winner of the Highview Farm Award for traditional verse (sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) is Kylie Landis of Somerset Area Middle School (Grade 9), for "I'm Going to School Today.”  Second-prize winner is Jordyn Keller, of Wendover Middle School (Grade 7) for "Martin.”  Third-prize winner is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “My Turn.”

Grades 10-12

First-prize winner of the Shirey Poetry Award for free verse (also sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) is Kylie Landis of 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.”

First-prize winner of the Ogden Nash Award for light humorous verse (sponsored by Anita Staub) is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “English Is Phatt."  Second-prize winner is William Flow of Derry Area Middle School (Grade 8) for "Drive-In."  Third-prize winner is Emily Pierce of Greater Latrobe Junior High School (Grade 8) for "Tennis."

Grades 10-12 The first-prize winner of the Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award for traditional verse (sponsored by Ruth McDonald) is Rachel Levesque of Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "If Time Were a Person."  :Second-prize winner is Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for “They Deserve to Know.”  :No third prize was awarded this year.

First-prize winner of the Jane Robb Gallagher Award for free verse (sponsored by Judith Gallagher) is Shannon Podolski of Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Sugarcoated."  Second-prize winner is Luke Duffey of  Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Praying for Prey."  Third-prize winner is Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for “Who I Want to Be."

First-prize winner of the Marie Martin Memorial Award for romantic poetry (sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) is Faith McDowell for “Love Is Strong."  No second or third prize was awarded this year.

One student, Faith McDowell, had a remarkable sweep in the three Grades 10-12 categories: third prize in the Jane Robb Gallagher Award, second prize in the Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award, and first prize in the Marie Martin Memorial Award.  Faith has won at least one award in the LVW poetry contest every year since 2013.

Natalia Sturges won two awards: first prize in the Ogden Nash Awards and third prize in the Highview Farm Award.  And Kylie Landis won both first prize in the Highview Farm Award and first prize in the Shirey Poetry Award. Special congratulations to Faith, Natalia, and Kylie.

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).