Awards for the 12th annual Laguna Beach Library Poetry Contest were handed out at a ceremony and public reading with more than 100 people in attendance, according to Jim McCarty, adult services librarian. Each winner in seven categories read their winning poems and received a certificate, along with a gift certificate as a prize. The contest was funded by the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization that supports programs and special events for the library.
The winners are:
First Place: Joan Ross, "The Dog Collar"
Second Place: J. Hilary, "Me in my brand new hiking boots —"
Third Place (Tie): Jennifer Donnell, "Kiss the Sun"
Third Place (Tie): Sarah Vogel, "Becoming Mom"
First Place: Laura Pusey, "Casual Questions Like This"
Second Place: Sarah Stoll, "We Architects of Greatness"
Third Place: Sean Pigden, "Personify Me"
6th, 7th, 8th grade
First Place: Lily Greenberg Call, "The Edge"
Second Place: Braden Johnson, "Freedom"
Third Place: Rebecca Stoll, "A Letter to Cody"
4th, 5th grade
First Place: Gabriela Goffman, "Shot"
Second Place: Sydney Pardo, "Bat Pie"
Third Place: Helene Mahmood, "Carnival"
2nd, 3rd grade
First Place: Avalon Greenberg Call, "Poem Number Two—No One's Home Main St."
Second Place: Jack Manor, "The Little Sky"
Third Place: Ella Judd, "The Tangles in My Hair"
First Place: Clara Becker, "On The Swings"
Second Place: Jackson Golden, "Beach"
Third Place: James Dobbs-Hildreth, "My Cat"
Pre-K & Kindergarten
First Place: Cole Judd, "My Crazy Cat Dizzy"
Second Place: Sienna Arrobio, "I Was a Cat"