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KET announces winners of Young Writers Contest; annual contest promotes creative expression, literacy

KET is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 Young Writers Contest. The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry.

This year, KET received more than 1,300 submissions from across Kentucky as well as 22 other states and five countries, including New Zealand, India and Nigeria.

“We were so impressed by the talented student authors and artists who submitted their work this year. We congratulate all the winners, as well as the parents and teachers who have supported them,” said Tonya Crum, KET’s senior director of education.

The top three winners, along with a list of finalists for each grade division and high school poetry type, are listed below. Full versions of the winning K-3rd grade illustrated stories, fourth and fifth-grade short stories and sixth through twelfth-grade poetry entries will be available online at KET.org.

1st place: Grace Hardin, Louisville, Ky., Ku’u Ipo Academy (Homeschool), The Bad Jump
2nd place: Channing Seaton, West Paducah, Ky., Clark Elementary School, Tiger Trouble
3rd place: Maryam Gauhar, Louisville, Ky., Islamic School of Louisville, Bamboo Hut

First Grade
1st place: Liam Sweeney, Lexington, Ky., Redwood Cooperative School, Jeffrey Goes Wild
2nd place: Sam Schaeffer, Burlington, Ky., Villa Madonna Academy, Sam and the Zombies
3rd place: Stella Heathcoat, Lexington, Ky., The Lexington School, Climbing to the Moon

Second Grade
1st place: Ibraheem Gauhar, Louisville, Ky., Islamic School of Louisville, William the Whale
2nd place: Ryan Maya, Louisville, Ky., Islamic School of Louisville, The True Love
3rd place: Claire Stites, Richmond, Ky., Model Laboratory, Why Am I a Skunk?

Third Grade
1st place: Adah Hardin, Louisville, Ky., Ku’u Ipo Academy (Homeschool), The Close Encounter
2nd place: Hayan Ahmad, Louisville, Ky., Islamic School of Louisville, Green and Slither’s Adventure to “The Thunder Over Louisville”
3rd place: Lily Nieman, Owensboro, Ky., Newton Parrish Elementary, The Bully

Fourth Grade
1st place: Allie Holstein, Barbourville, Ky., Central Elementary, Alzheimer’s Art
2nd place: Zaineb Elmerse, Louisville, Ky., Norton Elementary, Kindness of the Heart
3rd place: Lauren Spraggins, Lexington, Ky., Lexington Christian Academy, The Magic Puddle

Fifth Grade
1st place: Tessa Blain, Leitchfield Ky., H.W. Wilkey Elementary, Raven’s Nest
2nd place: Gabe Resinger, Lexington, Ky., Meadowthorpe Elementary, The Life of a Box
3rd place: Rylie Humphress, Lexington, Ky., SCAPA at Bluegrass, Chasing Venom

Sixth Grade
1st place: Hannah McGregor, Lexington, Ky., SCAPA at Bluegrass, Winter is Spring
2nd place: Hannah Cooksey, Louisville, Ky., Highland Middle School, My Scar
3rd place: Nina Tay, Lexington, Ky., SCAPA at Bluegrass, Who You Are

Seventh Grade
1st place: Allie Neltner, Lexington, Ky., Beaumont Middle School, Textile Beach
2nd place: Leigha Browning, Olmstead, Ky., Olmstead School, The Wave
3rd place: Kaylee Belle Barnes, Irvine, Ky., Clark Moores Middle School, Here…

Eighth Grade
1st place: Marco Garcia, Lexington, Ky., Leestown Middle School, She Does It All
2nd place: Lauren Wood, Louisville, Ky., Noe Middle School, Empowered
3rd place: Olivia Couch, London, Ky., South Laurel Middle School, The Red River

High School Form Poetry
1st place: Nina Sherman, Louisville, Ky., Eastern High School, Mind Junk
2nd place: Caroline Winnenberg, Louisville, Ky., Christian Academy of Louisville, Keychain Flashlight
3rd place: Emily Cramer, Lexington, Ky., Trinity Christian Academy, Consumerism

High School Free Verse Poetry
1st place: Olivia Creech, Benham, Ky., Harlan County High School, I Reckon
2nd place: Brigid Regan McCarthy, Manasquan, N.J., Communications High School, on life and death and everything in between (woman)
3rd place: Emmy Song, Rockville, Md., Montgomery Blair High School, a walk down lafayette street

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