Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

In partnership with The Arts Council of Westerville and Westerville Public Library, this contest is one of many events organized by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville. Entries were accepted through March 1, 2019.

2019 Winners

Thank you to everyone who shared your writing as an entry in the 2019 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest. The judges have selected the works by the following writers as this year's finalists. (Listed below.)

Category: Grades K-2

1st Place: The First Generation by Katherine Zofia Joseph
2nd Place: Pupstar by Aaliyah Johnson
3rd Place: Caitlyn to the Rescue by Caitlyn Curtis    
Honorable Mention: The Art of Catching by Samuel Brooks

Category: Grades 3-5

1st Place: Unexpected Inspiration by Kacee Bohan
2nd Place: The Great Treasure by Andrew Ernfridsson
3rd Place: Evan and James the Daredevils by Oliver Powell
Honorable Mention: My Heroes by Ali Washburn

Category: Grades 6-8

1st Place: Pixels by Daria Lesmerises
2nd Place: Kindness Matters by Cori Bohan
3rd Place: Don't Stop Believing in Things You Love by Nicholas Hartshorn
Honorable Mention: The Art of Paradise by Katherine Zonner

Category: Grades 9-12

1st Place: A Total Eclipse of the Sun by Ellie Newman
2nd Place: Freya's Story by Jill Hustead
3rd Place: Pinneapple Upside-Down by Mahad Yusuf
Honorable Mention: Ending the Stigma by Ashley Cook

Category: Adults

1st Place: Wake Up Call by Hillary Yocum
2nd Place: The Commute by Hannah Haines
3rd Place: The Bloodstone by Diane Tompkins
Honorable Mention: Today I Make Noise When I Walk by Brittany Hogenbirk

Awards Reception & Published Works

  • 1st place finishers for each level will be published in the local community newspaper, the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion (print version) in May. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention entries will be published online. Note: Entries are subject to being excerpted due to content length.
  • All contest entries are published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. A copy of the book can be borrowed from the library. Reserve now.

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