By Nancy Covert
Contestants in Pierce County Library’s 2016 “Our Own Expressions” competition met Monday evening at Steilacoom High School Library to preview their works with the community. About 40 parents and students attended the evening event, hosted by Steilacoom Friends of the Library, designed to honor these future writers and artists. The group included 10 student contestants, from Pioneer Middle School, Lakes and Steilacoom High Schools.
Finalists from the area included Mary Brownell, third place winner, art, Grades 7-8, Pioneer Middle School; Hannah Scheil, Steilacoom High School, 2nd place, poetry, Grade 9-10; and Kalyn Jones, 2nd place, short story, Grade 11-12, Lakes High School.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the system-wide library-sponsored event. More than 1,000 entries were submitted between Jan. 22 and Feb. 29 for this year’s competition. The 2016 winners will be honored on May 25 at Pacific Lutheran University.
Seventeen-year-old Susan Jones, whose pen name is “Scarlet Stormwater” writes, she said, because it “gives her hope.” The Lakes High student explained that much of her writing is on the “dark” side, but her optimistic, upbeat personality belies any perceived darkness of spirit.
Yoshie Wong, president of Steilacoom Friends of the Library, congratulated each of the participants, and presented certificates and small stipends to each of the finalists.
See the Pierce County Library website for a complete list of this year’s winners.Print This Post