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Washington County Poetry Contest winners announced

May 08, 2003

The Washington County Free Library, Washington County Arts Council and Antietam Review literary magazine recently announced the winners of the sixth annual Washington County Poetry Contest for 2003. Two winning entries and an honorable mention were selected from each of five age categories.

More than 170 poems were submitted for the contest. Original poems could be on any topic, in any style and be no more than one page in length. All entrants were required to be residents of Washington County. The poems were judged by Crystal Brown of Antietam Review. The winners in the five age divisions are:

  • "Summers Spent in My Father's Garden" by Julia Stinson and "Our One Room School" by Lorraine Grosh in the adult division

  • "Miracles" by Christopher Swecker and "The Cycle of Life" by Sarah Tritsch, winners, and "Sunny Day" by Meg Biser, honorable mention, in the ninth- through 12th-grade division

  • "Trapped Like a Mantis" by Blaine Ford and "A Kite in the Sky" by Danielle Higgins, winners, and "My Violin" by Molly Jameson, honorable mention, in the sixth- through eighth-grade division

  • "Twilight Sled Ride" by Jaclyn Fiola and "Wild Horses" by Christine Brugh, winners, and "The Seasons" by Danielle Lee Kesecker, honorable mention, in the fourth- and fifth-grade division

  • "Butterfly" by Cassie Chilcutt and "About My Life" by Reginald Jones, winners, and "The Chess Battle" by Daniel Schnackenberg, honorable mention, in the second- and third-grade division


The winning poems will be on display at Washington County Free Library through May. A reception honoring the winning poems will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Washington County Arts Council, 41 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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For information, call 301-791-3132.

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