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York County Libraries Celebrate Poetry Contest Winners

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March 22, 2019
The winners of the annual York County Libraries “A Celebration of Poetry” contest will read their winning entries at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Martin Library in York.  The celebration event is free and open to the public.  
Students from York and Adams County were invited to submit an original poem.  The entries were judged on content, style, and creativityby a panel of local educators and writers. This year’s judges included Carol Clark Williams, Lori Leckrone, JJ Sheffer, Judy Wolfman, Jennifer Nesbitt and Carla Christopher-Waid.   First, second, and third place winners were selected in the following age groups: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12.  The winning poems will be published on the York County Libraries’ website and in a booklet, which will be added to the library collection.  
The student winners are as follows: 
Grades 1-2
First: Lydia Clouser, Newberry Elementary School
Second: Blake Shiflet, Yorkshire Elementary School
Third: Steven Zhang, Yorkshire Elementary School
Grades 3-4
First: Molly McDonough, Dallastown Intermediate School
Second: Eden Gracey, Indian Rock Elementary School
Third: Jayvin Barnes, York Academy Regional Charter School
Grades 5-6
First:  Adam Gaidos, Dallastown Intermediate School
Second: Gwendalynne Bode, North Hills Elementary School
Third:  Aryanna Vernick-Cohen, Spring Forge Intermediate School
Grades 7-8
First: Bea Ricafort, Southern Middle School
Second: Rebecca Diaz, Central York Middle School
Third: Sophia Thoma, Gettysburg Area Middle School
Grades 9-10
First: Cambria Shrader, Spring Grove Area High School
Second: Madeline Myers, West York Area High School
Third: Michaela Monticchio, Logos Academy
Grades 11-12
First: Kaylee Renfrew, Dover Area High School
Second: Molly Griffith, Biglerville High School
Third: Tess Becket, 21st Century Cyber Charter School
Martin Library is located at 159 E. Market Street in York.  More information about the library and directions are available online at yorklibraries.org/york-martin. Questions about “A Celebration of Poetry” event should be directed to Jennifer Johnson at jjohnson@yorklibraries.org or (717) 849-6933.  
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more.  Their librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, providing opportunities and resources for all ages.  To learn more about York County Libraries’ programs, services, and resources, go to yorklibraries.org. 


Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                                      
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401                                                                
(717) 849-6931