19 WCPS Students Named Finalists in Young Authors Contest

19 WCPS Students Named Finalists in Young Authors Contest
Posted on 02/14/2018
After receiving hundreds of submissions from talented writers, the Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) proudly announced its finalists in the 2018 Young Authors’ Contest - a whopping 19 of which were students in Worcester County.

Finalists are individuals who have finished in the top three in their respective category, poetry or short story, and grade level. Each finalist in grades 2-12 submitted an original writing artifact that judged using a blind scoring method.

Finalists, listed alphabetically by last name, from Worcester County Public Schools include:

· Todd Bao (Grade 3, Short Story, Pocomoke Elementary)

· Raekiya Beckett (Grade 9, Poetry, Pocomoke High)

· Jaidan Davis (Grade 5, Poetry, Pocomoke Middle)

· Mikayla Denault (Grade 10, Short Story, Stephen Decatur High)

· Jack Greenwood (Grade 7, Short Story, Stephen Decatur Middle)

· Alexa Hall (Grade 9, Short Story, Pocomoke High)

· Chloe Holland (Grade 2, Poetry, Ocean City Elementary)

· Eunice Huesca (Grade 11, Poetry, Stephen Decatur High)

· Allison Hunter (Grade 11, Poetry, Stephen Decatur High)

· Aurusa Islam (Grade 9, Short Story, Stephen Decatur High)

· Ethan Justice (Grade 6, Short Story, Berlin Intermediate)

· Caleb Loring (Grade 4, Short Story, Berlin Intermediate)

· Emily Malinowski (Grade 11, Poetry, Stephen Decatur High)

· Pim Noparat (Grade 6, Short Story, Berlin Intermediate)

· Kendahl Parsons (Grade 8, Short Story, Stephen Decatur Middle)

· Devin Thompson (Grade 12, Short Story, Pocomoke High)

· Kiersen Thorne (Grade 8, Poetry, Stephen Decatur Middle)

· Benjamin Williams (Grade 2, Poetry, Ocean City Elementary)

· Savanna Wertz (Grade 4, Poetry, Snow Hill Middle)

Each finalist and his/her family is now invited to the Young Authors’ Awards Ceremony during the Children’s Literature Festival at Salisbury University. The evening is slated for April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wicomico Room located in the Guerrieri Student Union. School principals, teachers, and central office personnel are all invited.


About Eastern Shore Reading Council

Eastern Shore Reading Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the level of literacy in the lower three counties (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester) on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It promotes quality literacy instruction by: supporting the mission of the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council and International Literacy Association, disseminating best literacy practices to educators and parents, advocating for literacy issues through legislation and collaborating with educational institutions, professional organizations and businesses.

The group is active in the Lower Eastern Shore communities supporting literacy initiatives and individuals who have sparked a passion for reading. The group is made up primarily of K-12 educators (both current and retired) from public and private schools across Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore as well as individuals active in the higher education community