Worcester Students Named Finalists in Young Authors' Contest

Worcester Students Named Finalists in Young Authors' Contest
Posted on 01/24/2019
Worcester County Public Schools is proud to announce that 22 students across schools and grade levels were named finalists in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association's 2019 Young Authors' Contest.

Salisbury, Md. – The Eastern Shore Literacy Association announced the finalist of its annual Young Authors’ Contest at it membership meeting tonight at The Salisbury School. 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 was judged using a blind scoring method.

Finalist postcards, shown above, will now be sent to each finalist’s teacher, who will in return distributed the postcard to their respective finalist.

This year’s contest included entries from 16 schools, public, private, and homeschools. The Literacy Association personnel praised the amount of talented writers.

Finalists and their families, teachers, school administrators, and central officer personnel are now invited to take part in the Young Authors’ Awards Reception at Salisbury University in the Holloway Hall Auditorium, located on the first floor, on March 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

“We hope to continue the tradition we started last year of building anticipation in each of our finalist and get everyone here to Salisbury University to celebrate student writing. We feel last year’s turnout was topnotch, and we want to continue making this evening the Grammy’s of writing for our students,” Young Authors’ Contest co-chair Lizanne Wallace explained. “This is the night where we place student authors on a pedestal for their exemplary writing ability.”

The winning work of each student will be featured in the contest’s anthology and one will be given to each finalist. Electronic versions of the anthology will be available as well.

Individuals earning finalist status are listed alphabetically by last name in each grade and category. The order shown below does not reflect the placement where student authors finished in the contest.

Grade 2, Poetry
Trevor Langton, Glen Avenue Elementary
Bre’ara Thompson, Glen Avenue Elementary
Kayleigh Webster, Glen Avenue Elementary

Grade 2, Short Story
Elias Baldridge, Ocean City Elementary
Kenley Hallett, Ocean City Elementary
Brynlee Waters, Ocean City Elementary


Grade 3, Poetry
Cecilia Diehlmann, Ocean City Elementary
Ellie Phillips, Worcester Prep
Josiah Sessoms, Pocomoke Elementary

Grade 3, Short Story
Harper Hertrich, Worcster Prep
Macaulley Jimmerson, North Salisbury Elementary
Ryan Shipp, Worcester Prep

Grade 4, Poetry
Gabriella Chloe Damouni, Worcester Prep
Peyton Davis, North Salisbury Elementary
Henry Holt, Worcester Prep

Grade 4, Short Story
Miles Cox, Northwestern Elementary
Peter Jin, North Salisbury Elementary
Carley Malone, North Salisbury Elementary

Grade 5, Poetry
Aidan Gray, Deal Island Elementary
Kamryn Noble, Deal Island Elementary
Brody Webster, Deal Island Elementary

Grade 5, Short Story
Jaren Hudson, Snow Hill Middle
Caitlin Shimko, Worcester Prep
Emily Whitelock, Deal Island Elementary

Grade 6, Poetry
Megan Mitchell, Bennett Middle
Diva Shrestha, Salisbury Middle
Sydney Tingle, Worcester Prep

Grade 6, Short Story
Ava Baer, Mardela Middle & High
Megan Mitchell, Bennett Middle
Trezure Trader, Salisbury Middle

Grade 7, Poetry
Samantha Lambertson, Pocomoke Middle
Pim Noparat, Stephen Decatur Middle

Mariah Robertson, The Salisbury School

Grade 7, Short Story
Aiden Clayton, Pocomoke Middle
Simran Jain, Stephen Decatur Middle
Zarriah S. Tobias, Stephen Decatur Middle


Grade 8, Poetry
Leigha Early, The Salisbury School
Jack Greenwood, Stephen Decatur Middle
Ivorie Helmbright, Stephen Decatur Middle


Grade 8, Short Story
Breanne Ferguson, Stephen Decatur Middle
Emily Leon, The Salisbury School
Isabella Scheeler, Pocomoke Middle

Grade 9, Poetry
K. Cliff Collins, Pocomoke High
Morgan Johnson, The Salisbury School
Alexis Robertson, The Salisbury School

Grade 9, Short Story
Rosy Gao, James M. Bennett High
Jenna Smith James M. Bennett High
Madeline Umsted, Mardela Middle & High

Grade 10, Poetry
Briden Edney, James M. Bennett High
Hannah Perdue, Worcester Prep
Jonas Rush, Homeschooled

Grade 10, Short Story
Lanie Gladding, Pocomoke High
Simon Lewis, James M. Bennett High
Sophia Smith, James M. Bennett High

Grade 11, Poetry
Hanna Lehner, Stephen Decatur High
Sophia Peters, James M. Bennett High
Madison Synowiec, James M. Bennett High

*Grade 11, Short Story
Daniel Cruz, James M. Bennett High
Ted Hirsch, James M. Bennett High

Grade 12, Poetry
Gracie Boyce, Pocomoke High
Quinn Onley, Pocomoke High
Victoria Payne, Pocomoke High


*Grade 12, Short Story
Zoe Michelle Bradshaw, Mardela Middle & High
Jake Rider, Stephen Decatur High

*Indicates category only has two finalists.