WRITING CONTEST

ESSAY CONTEST THEME: “Coming of Age” or “A Time I Felt Grown Up”

In Lab Girl, the girl who played under and on the chemical benches in her father’s lab becomes a scientist herself, dealing with endless struggles over funding, recognition and university politics. She also finds parallels to her struggles in the plant kingdom, and describes them in beautiful prose.

This year’s challenge was to write an essay about an experience you had overcoming struggles when coming of age or—especially for our student contestants—a time you felt grown up. Prizes were given to winners in four categories:

Grades 3-5 Prizes: First – $30, Second – $20
Grades 6-8 Prizes: First – $50, Second – $30
Grades 9-12 Prizes: First – $75, Second – $40
Adult (18+) Prizes: First – $100, Second – $60

Our winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Congratulations to these winners!

Adult category:

      1. Elise Riepenhoff – High Dive
      1. Sharon Porfilio – A Time I Felt Grown Up

High school:

      1. Madison Sveum – Mac & Cheese
      1. (tie) Antonia Arney – My Anxiety Journey   and    Jordan Lawless – Coming of Age – Which Age?

Middle school:

      1. Molly Chartier – Demons
      1. Annabelle Wilson – Saying Goodbye

Elementary:

      1. Cate Carney – The Big Switch
      1. Winter Hamilton – Finally, My Own Space

Honorable mention (Elementary category):

Lindsay Beaman
Anna Guckenberg
Elena Cooper
June Straka
Alex Gleesing

VISUAL ARTS CONTEST

This year’s entries were inspired by the book selection for readers age 13 and above:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Contestants could use any medium including, but not limited to, paint, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. Each work was required to incorporate one of these themes:

• Trees and plants          • Playing in the dirt           • Friendship          • A road trip
• Perseverance               • An eccentric friend        • Growth
• An invention                 • Adaptation                      • A wise teacher

Grades 3-5 Prizes: First – $30, Second – $20
Grades 6-8 Prizes: First – $50, Second – $30
Grades 9-12 Prizes: First – $75, Second – $40
Adult (18+) Prizes: First – $100, Second – $60

Congratulations to these winners! In the coming weeks, check our Facebook page for photos and see the original pieces on display at the Wauwatosa Public Library.

Adult category: 

        1. Sarah Hunt-Frank
        2. Charmaine Rabishaw

High School:

        1. Lilly Frank
        2. Lilly Frank

Middle School: 

            1. Kate Pluta

Elementary School: 

        1. Sophia Sherry
        2. Sofia Konkol