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Whidbey students thrive in Celebrate Writing contest

The Whidbey Island Writers Association announced the winners of the Celebrate Writing 2014 Contest for Students.

Sixty public, private, and homeschooled students between third and eighth grades submitted fiction, non-fiction/personal story, and poetry entries.

Whidbey writers selected winners Feb. 9 and made comments on each piece submitted by students.

No entries were submitted for grade five fiction or grade seven non-fiction/personal story, but Cate Asp and Riley Grace Borden tied for the eighth grade fiction prize, and fifth-grader Brenna Richard earned an award in two separate categories for her grade level. In addition, two sets of siblings, Lucia and Francesca Costello, and Brenna and Maura Richard, were prizewinners this year.

One student from each grade in each category was eligible for an award. They are: Devin King of Freeland, third grade fiction; Maura Richard of Oak Harbor, third grade personal story; Francesca Costello of Clinton, third grade poetry; Lori Glavan of Oak Harbor, fourth grade fiction; Paige Jenkins of Oak Harbor, fourth grade personal story; Sophia Shomper of Clinton, fourth grade poetry; Brenna Richard of Oak Harbor, fifth grade fiction and fifth grade poetry; Lucia Costello of Clinton, sixth grade fiction; Hailey Winch of Oak Harbor, sixth grade non-fiction; Haley Riffel of Oak Harbor, sixth grade poetry; Nelonnie Quichocho of Oak Harbor, seventh grade fiction; Aurora Coffey of Langley, seventh grade poetry; Riley Grade Borden of Coupeville and Cate Asp of Oak Harbor, tied for eighth grade fiction; Hannah Kennedy of Freeland, eighth grade non-fiction; and Elli Sandberg of Freeland, eighth grade poetry.

Four of the contest winners will read their entries for Whidbey Air Radio’s Isle of the Arts program, beginning February 25 at www.kwparadio.org. Three other winners will read at the March 10 meeting of the Whidbey Westside Rotary Club.

All 16 students will be recognized at an awards presentation Sunday, March 16 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

Every winner will receive $25 and a copy of an anthology featuring all the prize-winning entries. Copies of this anthology can also be purchased after the March 16 presentation, as long as supplies last, and a copy will be given to each of Whidbey Island’s five Sno-Isle libraries.

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