Pierce County teen artists, photographers and writers win awards and show off their creative talents in the Pierce County Library System’s Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest. More than 800 students in grades 7 through 12 from schools all across Pierce County submitted their passionately crafted poems, short stories and photographs to compete in the contest.
“The depth of Pierce County teenagers’ talent continues to astonish and impress,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “Wow—to express one’s self through poetry, stories and photography takes a serious step of self-confidence and awareness. We are grateful for all of the teenagers for sharing their wit, insights, interests and part of themselves.”
The contest is part of the Library System’s Strategic Plan, which includes Enjoyment as a focus area to inspire imagination and create opportunities to pursue passions. The award-winning young authors and artists will have their winning work displayed at expressions.pcls.us and in copies of the winners’ booklet available at Pierce County Libraries through Library Curbside service.
Professional writers and authors Christina Butcher and Daniel Marks, photographer Sharon Styer and artist Jill Alayna Frey selected the winners.
Grades 7-8: 1st—Kyleigh Helland, Lakebay; 2nd—Benjamin Hughes, DuPont; 3rd—Autumn John, Puyallup
Grades 9-10: 1st—Clarence Sanders, Tacoma; 2nd—Alicia Hale, Tacoma; 3rd—Claire Ensunsa, Tacoma
Grades 11-12: 1st—Syncear Loyd, Tacoma; 2nd—Alisa Zhupanenko, Tacoma; 3rd—G Alvarado, Puyallup
Short Story Winners
Grades 7-8: 1st—Ellis Adamson, Gig Harbor; 2nd—Natalie Baker, Fircrest; 3rd—Emily Bray, Gig Harbor
Grades 9-10: 1st—Viola James, Fircrest; 2nd—Skylar Viene, Tacoma; 3rd—Jacob Lawty, University Place
Grades 11-12: 1st—Maleila Henry-Mitchell, Olympia; 2nd—Juliana Smith, Puyallup; 3rd—Savannah Guenzi, Lakewood
Grades 7-8: 1st—Rachel Miloa McKeen, Milton; 2nd—Denaya Dyke, Bonney Lake; 3rd—Alivia Stuck, Bonney Lake
Grades 9-10: 1st—Amaialyne Nadine Cepeda, Tacoma; 2nd—Lauren Cryder, Puyallup; 3rd—Laurel Oelke, Gig Harbor
Grades 11-12: 1st—Millaray Lopez Salazar, Tacoma; 2nd—G Alvarado, Puyallup; 3rd—Aiden Michael, Lakewood
Thanks to the Pierce County Library Foundation for sponsoring the Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest. The Library System encourages teenagers to plan to participate in the Our Own Expressions 25th Anniversary contest scheduled for early 2021.