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Paper Gardens contest winners honored

Paper Gardens contest winners honored
Posted on 05/16/2017
Budding writers across the district were honored at the 24th annual Paper Gardens Celebration and book release party this week. Chosen from 525 entries, 20 McMinnville School District students won recognition in 10 different prose or poetry categories.

Winners, along with families, teachers and writing group friends, were invited to attend the event on May 4 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. All authors were recognized and introduced onstage, received their own copy of the Paper Gardens 2017 book, and  asked to read their winning piece.

This year’s judges included Dr. Anna Keesey, Linfield College professor and author of the award-winning novel “Little Century,” who served as prose judge, and Oregon Poet Laureate and Confederated Warm Springs Tribal member Elizabeth Woody, who served as poetry judge. 


Children's Fiction                                   

The Baby Dragon -- Aspen Bailey -- Memorial Elementary
James and the Bully -- Josiah Cummings -- Grandhaven Elementary
Life of a Country Girl -- Henry Newman -- Memorial Elementary

Strangers -- Conner Payne -- Duniway Middle School 

Children's Nonfiction

The Cat -- Ayla Sullens -- Wascher Elemetary
The Caves -- Allison Shaver -- Grandhaven Elementary
Diagnosis Day -- Alicia Beck -- Wascher Elementary          

Youth Fiction

It's Your Choice -- Zachary Reinker -- McMinnville High


Children’s Free Verse

Rain Rain -- Maya Altree -- Memorial Elementary 

Children’s Traditional

Circus Clown -- Noah Jones -- Memorial Elementary
December -- Josiah Cummings -- Grandhaven Elementary
Ode to Suess -- Walt Rosenberg -- Memorial Elementary

Children’s Poetry of Place

Knowing -- Sam King -- Memorial Elementary
Mindfulness Garden -- Maya Altree -- Memorial Elementary
Mountain of Yamhill -- Madelyn Smith -- Memorial Elementary

Children's Haiku

Leaves -- Delaney Adams -- Grandhaven Elementary
Pause on the Path -- Madelyn Smith -- Memorial Elementary
Summer Warmth -- Yoshigei Diaz Hernandez -- Grandhaven Elementary    

Youth Free Verse

Andy -- Alexia Echauri Jordan -- Patton Middle School     
On Turning 19 -- Katie Alvarez -- McMinnville High School
Regrets -- Lillie Spencer -- Patton Middle School 

Youth Traditional

What I Prefer -- Teegan Sterling -- Duniway Middle School
Winter River -- Meadow Kuchinsky -- Duniway Middle School

Youth Poetry of Place

Fall in McMinnville -- Lillie Spencer -- Patton Middle School

The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County hosts the annual Paper Gardens competition, a creative writing program poetry that accepts free entries from students ages 6 through 18. For over two decades, the Paper Gardens chapbook has brought together the diverse voices of Yamhill County writers and poets into a single book. This unique publication features creative submissions from children, youth and adults who live, study or work in Yamhill County.

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