Local youth earn accolades in 15th annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

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Several Westerville City Schools students were among the winners in the annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion newspaper. 

Writers of all ages from across Central Ohio are invited to share their works in the writing contest, which is part of the annual celebration of the Arts in Westerville every April. This is the 15th year of the contest. Winners were invited to read from their works during an awards video that can be viewed here.

First-place winners in each category will have their works published in an issue of ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion newspaper. Because all approved entries are printed in a compilation book, each writer becomes a published author. The 20 winners receive a complimentary copy of the book thanks to the support of the Friends of the Westerville Public Library. A copy is purchased by the library and made available for checkout.

Learn more about the contest here.

Writing Contest 2021 Winners

Category: Grades K-2

  • 1st Place: Abbie Chui, “Losing My First Tooth” (Emerson)

  • 2nd Place: Lucy Walk, “Lucy and Asher’s Adventure” (Emerson)

  • 3rd Place: Cooper Schott, “Cooper vs. The Chicken Sandwich” (Mark Twain)

  • Honorable Mention: Logan Bussa, “Freckles”      

Category:  Grades 3-5    

  • 1st Place: Lucy Elliott, “Horseshoe”                        

  • 2nd Place: Lydia Purdy, “Addy’s Tropical Adventure”             

  • 3rd Place: Madeline Tracy, “Little Fire’s Rising” (Westerville Virtual Academy)             

  • Honorable Mention: Analeise Grant, “A Diamante”            

Category:  Grades 6-8 

  • 1st Place: Vanessa Reznik, “Back Row”

  • 2nd Place: Ashley Elchert, “The Witches’ Covenant”

  • 3rd Place: Ava Amlin, “Scales”

  • Honorable Mention: Mira Shyamalan, “Into the Unknown”

Category:  Grades 9-12

  • 1st Place: Uku Hughes, “Flip the Switch”

  • 2nd Place: Olivia Wood, “The Swing of Things”  

  • 3rd Place: Ellie Chivington, “True Love”

  • Honorable Mention: Ari Wilson, “Sounds in Silence”

Category:  Adults Ages 18 & up

  • 1st Place: Nancy Collander, “Foal Watch”  

  • 2nd Place: Maddie Olvey, “ouroboros”

  • 3rd Place: Edosa Omoruyi, “Dragon Chant”

  • Honorable Mention: Autumn Shah, “Coming Home”