Announcing the ’22 Student Writing Challenge Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Student Writing Challenge! Thank you to all of the young writers from across the region who shared their work with us.

Information on the 2023 Student Writing Challenge is available below. Click on the images for the downloadable poster and entry form:


FICTION

Honorable Mention, Grades K-1
The Magic Banana’ by Chloe S., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 4-5
Angry Black Bears Are Not Pleasant’ by Elijah S., Corning, NY

2nd Place, Grades 4-5
A Rabbit’s Life’ by Vera D., Corning, NY

3rd Place, Grades 4-5
William’s Freedom’ by Juliana  H., Apalachin, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 6-8
The Dagger’ by Mackenzie L., Elmira, NY

2nd Place, Grades 6-8
Lucky Skittles’ by Sophia R., Binghamton, NY 

3rd Place, Grades 6-8
Drawing Change’ by Nadia PF., Ithaca, NY 

Best Fiction, Grades 9-12
Unwritten’ by Marina Z., Vestal, NY


PERSONAL ESSAY/NON-FICTION

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 2-3
Giant Tube Worms’ by Louis N., Brooktondale, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 4-5
Read the Label’ by Owen D., Corning, NY 

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 6-8
Kindness is Actually Huge’ by Thea Y., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 9-12
The Sick Cup’ by Mia J., Owego, NY


POETRY

Best Poetry, Grades K-1
Bird’ by Simon E., Vestal, NY

2nd Place, Grades K-1
Flowers’ by Remi P., Vestal, NY

3rd Place, Grades K-1
Watermelon’ by Antonina L., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 2-3
Moon Dogs’ by Magnolia R., Ithaca, NY

2nd Place, Grades 2-3
I’m From’ by James W., Ithaca, NY

3rd Place, Grades 2-3
Howls in the Night’ by Emeline H., Ithaca, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
The Race Begins’ by Naomi K., Ithaca, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 4-5
Arctic Fox’ by Ammarah K., Vestal, NY

2nd Place, Grades 4-5
Nature is So Pretty’ by Shterna C., Vestal, NY

3rd Place, Grades 4-5
Summer’ by Moussia S., Vestal, NY 

Best Poetry, Grades 9-12
If I Were a Kite’ by Megan S., Endicott, NY

2nd Place, Grades 9-12
Shoulder’ by Kathryn W., Binghamton, NY

3rd Place, Grades 9-12
Last in Line’ by Nicole L., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
The Vast Unseen’ by Luke A., Endicott, NY 


TEXT WITH VISUALS
(GRAPHIC NOVEL, ILLUSTRATED WORK, PICTURE BOOK)

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 2-3
The Cookie Book’ by Jackson P., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
Moose and Bob!’ by Kyle A., Mansfield, PA

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 4-5
Word’ written by Micah Y. and illustrated by Thea Y., Vestal, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 6-8
The Eggs’ by Nadia H., Ithaca, NY


Thank you to Mary Ann Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Alicia Sherman, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, the School Librarians of the Southern Tier EAST, and the WSKG Education Advisory Committee.

This project is part of WSKG’s Youth Voices initiative and is supported in part by Darryl Wood & Toby Wollin and the Bert Santora Charitable Trust.