York County Libraries Announce Poetry Contest Winners

York County Libraries have announced the winners of the 33rd Annual “A Celebration of Poetry” contest.  Students from York and Adams County submitted original poems and twenty-four winners were selected. 
“With a long history of encouraging creative expression and writing in youth, the 2022 Celebration of Poetry contest received 200 entries,” says York County Libraries Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy.  “The quality and variety of poems was remarkable. I hope youth continue to find inspiration in the library by reading the winning poems and the other great works that fill our shelves.”
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. They were judged on organization and overall impact, poetry elements, grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling by a panel of local educators and writers. This year’s judges included Travis Kurowski, Lori Leckrone, Jennifer Nesbitt,Ted Nesbitt, JJ Sheffer, Lexi Spino, Carol Clark Williams, and The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson.
The 2022 poetry contest winners are as follows: 
First & Second Grade
First Place: “Snow Is Magical” by Sophia Orwick, Bermudian Springs Elementary School
Second Place: “My Coco Dream” by Rose Delp, Homeschool
Third Place: “Can You Guess It?” by Alzette Georgi, Homeschool
Fourth Place: “Shark” by Gabriella Wright, Homeschool
Third & Fourth Grade
First Place: “The Little Friends” by Ruby Delp, Homeschool
Second Place: “My Favorite Book” by Annecy Georgi, Homeschool 
Third Place: “Kindness” by Lindsey Bickford, Christian School of York
Fourth Place: “Summertime” by Hunter Whetstone, Lieb Elementary School
Fifth & Sixth Grade
First Place: “Under the Surface” by Nia Stevens, York Academy Regional Charter School
Second Place: “A Bright Rainbow” by Clayton Brandstedter, Sinking Springs Elementary School
Third Place: “The Crown In the NeverLands” by Tremain Johnson, York Academy Regional Charter School
Fourth Place: “Words Can't Hurt Me” by Elizabeth Novak, Shallowbrook Elementary School
Seventh & Eighth Grade
First Place: “Picture Frames” by Ella Gladfelter, Northeastern Middle School
Second Place: “If You're Wondering” by Faith Champagne, Spring Grove Middle School
Third Place: “All the Hate and Chatter” by Mia Yague Cowfer, York Academy Regional Charter School
Fourth Place: “The Girl Who Was 2020” by Kaydee Kline, Red Lion Area Junior High School
Ninth & Tenth Grade
First Place: “Constellations of Clouds” by Rylee Barmore, Northeastern High School
Second Place: “WE'RE FINE” by Tyler Michael, West York Area High School
Third Place: “Regret Is a Scornful Needle” by Miren McKinney, Dover Area High School
Fourth Place: “I Am from Clothes” by Trinity Grendell, West York Area High School
Eleventh & Twelfth Grade
First Place: “Exotic” by Jacinta Chuidian, York Homeschool Association
Second Place: “Ahead of the Past” by Anthony Torres-Rutherford, Dover Area High School
Third Place: “Remember Me” by Bethany Shifflet, Littlestown Area High School
Fourth Place: “now” by Abby Shaw, South Eastern School District
“I’d like to congratulate the 2022 Celebration of Poetry winners and applaud all of the York and Adams County students who entered this year’s contest,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “There was a lot of competition, and the judges had some very tough decisions to make.” 
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and digital information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, digital story times, online book discussions and 80 databases. Their extensive collection includes over 642,000 items and one million digital library materials for loan. All are available for free with a York County Libraries card.  Community members without a card are invited to request one at yorklibraries.org at no cost.


Deb Sullivan                                                           
Community Relations Director                                      
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401