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York County Libraries Celebrate 2020 Poetry Contest Winners

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July 07, 2020
York County Libraries Celebrate Poetry Contest Winners
York County Libraries have announced the winners of the 31st Annual “A Celebration of Poetry” contest.  Traditionally, the students read their winning entries during a special celebration event at Martin Library in York.  Because of the closure of schools and libraries, this year's event moved online to provide the young poets with another way to share their words.   Interested community members can see the 2020 poetry contest winners read their poems on the York County Libraries YouTube channel at https://tinyurl.com/YCLpoetry.  
“Our judges were impressed by the artistry and emotional depth of the poems,” says Jennifer Johnson, Martin Library Teen Forum Manager.  Students from York and Adams County were invited to submit an original poem.  Twenty-five winners were selected from nearly 400 entries.  They were judged on content, style, and creativity by a panel of local educators and writers. This year’s judges included Carol Clark Williams, Lori Leckrone, JJ Sheffer, Judy Wolfman, Teddy Nesbitt and Carla Christopher-Wilson.   First, second, third and fourth 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 are published on the York County Libraries’ website and in a booklet added to the library collection.  
The student winners are as follows: 
Grades 1 and 2 
1st place: Samuel Martin, Homeschool 
2nd place: Torren James, Conewago Township Elementary School 
3rd place: Ruby Delp, Homeschool 
4th place: Natalie Walker, Wallace Elementary School 
Grades 3 and 4 
1st place: Aleja Armstrong, York Academy Regional Charter School 
2nd place: Amelia Dobson, St. Joseph School - York 
3rd place: Henley James, Conewago Township Elementary School 
4th place: Nathan Kramer, Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School 
Grades 5 and 6 
1st place: Gabriella Miller, Dallastown Area Intermediate School                   
2nd place: Ashtyn Parr, Dallastown Area Intermediate School 
3rd place: Ellis Alas, St. Joseph School – York                                       
4th place: Alexandra Bussard, Dallastown Area Intermediate School 
Grades 7 and 8 
1st place: Austin Rollman, Emory H. Markle Intermediate School  
2nd place: Serenity Nace, Red Lion Junior High School 
3rd place: Emma Klinedinst, Red Lion Junior High School          
4th place: Drystan Galbraith, Red Lion Junior High School 
Grades 9 and 10 
1st place: Cambria Shrader, Spring Grove Area Senior High School 
2nd place: David Klopcic, York Home School Association 
3rd place: Shayla Toro-Duke, William Penn Senior High School 
4th place: Jacinta Chuidian, Homeschool 
Grades 11 and 12 
Joint 1st place: Madeline Myers, West York Area High School 
Joint 1st place: Chloe Tarlton, Red Lion Area High School 
2nd place: Donasia Ruffin, William Penn Senior High School 
3rd place: Neveah Day, William Penn Senior High School 
4th Place: Sarah DePasquale, West York Area High School 
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                                                                

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