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Wicomico Students Celebrated as Winners in 2019 Young Authors’ Contest

The Eastern Shore Literacy Association welcomed 2019 Young Authors’ Contest finalists and their fans to Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall for an awards reception on Tuesday, March 5, with an address by author Jennifer Keats Curtis and the announcement of winners, including many from Wicomico County Public Schools.

Each finalist in grades 2-12 submitted an original writing artifact – either poetry or short story – that was judged using a blind scoring method. The winning work of each student is featured in the contest’s anthology, which was given to each winner March 5. Electronic versions of the anthology will be available as well.

In addition to their success in the regional Young Authors’ Contest, two Wicomico student authors will receive recognition at the state level. North Salisbury Elementary’s Carley Malone, Grade 4 Short Story, and James M. Bennett High’s Rosy Gao, Grade 9 Short Story, both finished 2nd in the state contest.

Winners from Wicomico County Public Schools are listed below, with how they placed. Congratulations to all!


Grade 2, Poetry – Bre’ara Thompson, Glen Avenue Elementary, 1st; Kayleigh Webster, Glen Avenue Elementary, 2nd; Trevor Langton, Glen Avenue Elementary, 3rd

Grade 3, Short Story – Macaulley Jimmerson, North Salisbury Elementary, 3rd

Grade 4, Poetry – Peyton Davis, North Salisbury Elementary, 1st

Grade 4, Short Story – Carley Malone, North Salisbury Elementary, 1st, and 2nd at state level; Peter Jin, North Salisbury Elementary, 2nd; Miles Cox, Northwestern Elementary, 3rd

Grade 6, Poetry – Diva Shrestha, Salisbury Middle, 1st; Megan Mitchell, Bennett Middle, 2nd

Grade 6, Short Story – Ava Baer, Mardela Middle and High, 1st; Megan Mitchell, Bennett Middle, 2nd  Trezure Trader, Salisbury Middle, 3rd

Grade 9, Short Story – Rosy Gao, James M. Bennett High,1st, and 2nd at state level; Madeline Umsted, Mardela Middle and High, 2nd; Jenna Smith, James M. Bennett High ,3rd

Grade 10, Poetry – Briden Edney, James M. Bennett High, 2nd

Grade 10, Short Story – Sophia Smith, James M. Bennett High, 1st; Simon Lewis, James M. Bennett High, 2nd

Grade 11, Poetry – Sophia Peters, James M. Bennett High, 2nd; Madison Synowiec, James M. Bennett High, 3rd

Grade 11, Short Story – Ted Hirsch, James M. Bennett High, 1st; Daniel Cruz, James M. Bennett High, 2nd

Grade 12, Short Story – Zoe Michelle Bradshaw, Mardela Middle and High, 2nd


About the Eastern Shore Literacy Association: Eastern Shore Literacy Association is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the level of literacy in the lower three counties (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester) on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It promotes quality literacy instruction by: supporting the mission of the State of Maryland Literacy Association and International Literacy Association, disseminating best literacy practices to educators and parents, advocating for literacy issues through legislation, and collaborating with educational institutions, professional organizations and businesses. The group is active in the Lower Eastern Shore communities, supporting literacy initiatives and individuals who have sparked a passion for reading. The group is made up primarily of K-12 educators (both current and retired) from public and private schools across Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore as well as individuals active in the higher education community.