Pierce County teen artists, photographers, and writers put an exclamation point on the 25th year of the Pierce County Library System’s annual Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest! More than 700 students in grades 7 through 12 from schools across the county displayed their creativity and talent in their drawings, photographs, poems and short stories.
Professional writers Michael Magee and Brandi Douglas, photographer Lisa Roden, and artist Abrian Curington selected the winners, who were awarded cash prizes from the Pierce County Library Foundation. 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.
“Thank you to the hundreds of teens who shared their talent, voice and vision in the contest,” said Pierce County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “Students faced many challenges this past year due to the pandemic, learning remotely and everything else about being teenagers. I’m happy to see the many teenagers who participated in the contest as a creative outlet to find and show enjoyment.”
Grades 7-8: 1st—Tia Norman, Tacoma; 2nd—Chelsea Bass, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Erika Rusak, Auburn
Grades 9-10: 1st—Iris Rogel, Bonney Lake; 2nd—Julia Clarke, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Charlotte Southworth, Tacoma
Grades 11-12: 1st—Sam Johnson, Spanaway; 2nd—Chloe Brown, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Taylor Swensen, Bonney Lake
Grades 7-8: 1st—Michael Fulkerson, Tacoma; 2nd—Morgan Ackerland, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Natalynn Kirkendoll
Grades 9-10: 1st—Sofia Anderson, Steilacoom; 2nd—Alana Rojas, DuPont; 3rd—Anna Salmon, DuPont
Grades 11-12: 1st—Jehlil Ruffner, Steilacoom; 2nd—Jade Edwards, Anderson Island; 3rd—Elliot Carlsson, Steilacoom
Grades 7-8: 1st—Kaylina Warren, Sumner; 2nd—Alexa Kotansky, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Natalie Bates, Tacoma
Grades 9-10: 1st—Clarisse Fowlkes, Puyallup; 2nd—Audrianna Rouse, Puyallup; 3rd—Olivia Lathrom, Graham
Grades 11-12: 1st—Benita Kisembo, University Place; 2nd—Lily Tamminga, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Honor Tamminga, Gig Harbor
Short Story Winners
Grades 7-8: 1st—Audrey Douglass, Puyallup; 2nd—Gabriella Vonada, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Lia Hartley, Puyallup
Grades 9-10: 1st—Rylie Wood, Bonney Lake; 2nd—Jacob Lawty, University Place; 3rd—Nathan Schmidt, Lakewood
Grades 11-12: 1st—Mary Funches, University Place; 2nd—Honor Tamminga, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Aubren Reis, Fircrest
Thank you to the Pierce County Library Foundation for sponsoring the Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest. The Library System encourages teens to continue their creative outlets with virtual teen library events and plan to participate in next year’s contest scheduled for early 2022.