Winners awarded in poetry contest

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"

High School

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"

1st grade

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"

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