“Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest 2019

The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 17th year in conducting this contest, and we had nearly 300 entries! Seventeen area schools were represented as well as the homeschool community. Several of our winners were also repeat winners. Iris Laile, who took 1st place in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 Division, won 3rd place last year. Coen Yap won 2nd place this year in the Prose, Grades 4-6 Division. He placed 2nd last year in the Poetry Division. Olivia Salsman placed 3rd in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 division. She was the 3rd place winner in the same category last year. And Caroline Joyce who placed second in the Prose, Grades 7-8 Division placed third last year in the same division.

As librarians, we know the importance of reading and developing a child’s reading skills, especially through hands-on, active learning opportunities. Having a child create an original story or poem promotes the advancement of those skills. Several teachers even incorporated this contest into their curriculum, having the entire class submit entries. We are pleased to have this sort of support among the educational community.

Congratulations to all!

And the winners for the 2019 “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest are:

Poetry, Grades 1-3:
1st place: “Broomsticks” by Tenor Jennings Homeschool, Grade 3
2nd place: “Spooky Night” by Sloane Bailey Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 2
3rd place: “Zombies are Green” by Jasper Bunte Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 1

Prose, Grades 1-3:
1st place: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Keaton Watts Homeschool, Grade 1
2nd place: “The Demon in the House Next Door” by Langston Gifford Holy Cross Elementary School, Grade 3
3rd place: [Untitled] by Jemma Kratzer Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 2

Poetry, Grades 4-6
1st place: “In the Night of the Halloween Fright” by Allen Watts Homeschool, Grade 6
2nd place: “Lost” by Ruth Maier Blessed Sacrament School, Grade 5
3rd place: “At the End of the Street” by Dar Hertel Homeschool, Grade 6

Prose, Grades 4-6:
1st place: “The Magic Cat” by Iris Laile Prince of Peace, Grade 5
2nd place: “House Number 666” by Coen Yap Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 5
3rd place: “The Thing” by Olivia Salsman Villa Madonna Academy, Grade 6

Poetry, Grades 7-8:
1st place: “The Dark of Night” by Isabelle Fettig St. Pius X, Grade 8
2nd place: “Halloween” by Myah Longland St. Pius X, Grade 7
3rd place: “With a Halloween Fright” by Isaias Bement St. Pius X, Grade 7

Prose, Grades 7-8:
1st place: “Fire that Burns” by Carly Apgar Grade 7
2nd place: “The Colorless Eyes” by Caroline Joyce St. Pius X, Grade 8
3rd place: “The Haunted Maze” by Monica Juely Covington Latin, Grade 8

Poetry, Grades 9-12:
1st place: “Sleepless” by Kelsey Bauer Simon Kenton High School, Grade 11
2nd place: “The Previous Owners” by Isabella Feagan Notre Dame Academy, Grade 12
3rd place: “Asylum Crepuscule” by Caleb Kobman Covington Latin, Grade 9

Prose, Grades 9-12:
1st place: “This Hated Night” by Audrey Powell Villa Madonna Academy, Grade 9
Only one winner was selected in this category.

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