Wicomico Winners in 2014-2015 Eastern Shore Reading Council Young Author’s Contest; Two 1st Place State Winners
Wicomico Winners in Young Authors Contest from 11 Schools Earn Regional, State Honors
Posted on 04/08/2015

Winners of the 2014-2015 Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) Young Author’s Contest have been announced. Wicomico winners represent 11 schools and most of the grade levels from 2 through 12. Winners from Wicomico County Public Schools placed 1st in eight categories of this year’s ESRC Young Authors Contest.

Entries placing 1st in the Eastern Shore Reading Council contest were forwarded to the state level for judging. Two Wicomico authors who won 1st place at the state level – Kayla Thornton of Parkside High and Alison Sahler of James M. Bennett High – will be recognized during the SoMIRAC (State of Maryland International Reading Association Council) conference April 15 in Hunt Valley, Md.

The Eastern Shore Reading Council will honor all of this year’s Young Author’s Contest winners (including the Wicomico winners listed below) at an April 9 reception at Salisbury University. Students from Wicomico County Public Schools who achieved a 1st-place finish at the local and/or recognition at the state level will also be recognized at the May 5 Wicomico County Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night.

Congratulations to all of these award-winning Young Authors, and to the teachers who sponsored their participation in this year’s contest.


Grade 3 Poetry

2nd – Ethan Power, North Salisbury Elementary, A Day in Minecraft


Grade 3 Short Story

3rd – Phebe C. Burke, North Salisbury Elementary, Hop Home!


Grade 4 Poetry

1st – Laura Rogers, Delmar Elementary, Fighting for Freedom

3rd – Tajhzmir Pinder, Glen Avenue Elementary, Cambridge, Maryland


Grade 4 Short Story

2nd – Rebecca Holland, Glen Avenue Elementary, The Lonely Vampire


Grade 5 Poetry

1st – Rosemary Schmuff, North Salisbury Elementary, Music to My Ears

2nd  – Jonta Lee, North Salisbury Elementary, True Friends


Grade 5 Short Story

1st  – Katie Mitchell, Fruitland Intermediate, The Bad Dog

3rd – Robyn Fielding-Jones, Northwestern Elementary, The Interesting Vacation


Grade 6 Poetry

1st – Rylie Green, Mardela Middle, Words and Voice

2nd – Alyssa M. Boltz, Mardela Middle, Wild at Heart


Grade 6 Short Story

1st – Noah Hornstein, Salisbury Middle, The Identity Thief

3rd – Grace Arb, Salisbury Middle, Untitled


Grade 8 Poetry

2nd  – Zoe Michelle Bradshaw, Mardela Middle, Bridge to Burn


Grade 8 Short Story

2nd – Ally Yeager, Pittsville Middle, The Dream

3rd – Mia Fisher, Salisbury Middle, Wanted


Grade 9 Poetry

1st – Alison Sahler, James M. Bennett High, Child’s Utopia. Alison’s poem placed 1st for 9th grade poetry at the state level.

2nd – Christy Sun, James M. Bennett High, Improvisation


Grade 9 Short Story

1st – Abigail Reilly, James M. Bennett High, Untitled

2nd – Maddy Sherwood, James M. Bennett High, Love Doesn’t See Color

3rd – Sabrien Abdelrahman, Wicomico High, Intuition


Grade 10 Poetry

2nd – Dhritisha Chakroborty, James M. Bennett High, Depth


Grade 11 Poetry

3rd – Wahed Abdullah, Parkside High, Where I’m From


Grade 11 Short Story

2nd – Hanna Holland, Parkside High, Anxious

3rd – Phina Jeannite, James M. Bennett High, A Rose in Salty Water


Grade 12 Poetry

2nd – Taylor Eyo, James M. Bennett High, The Little Green Bug

3rd – Jarrett Braxton Reeves, Wicomico High, Malignant Tumor


Grade 12 Short Story

1st – Kayla Thornton, Parkside High, Funeral: View of the Deceased. Kayla’s story placed 1st for 12th grade short story at the state level.

2nd – Tristan Bullion, Wicomico High, Beautiful Irony