Ten local teens were selected as winners in a variety of categories as part of the 20th annual Pierce County Library’s Our Own Expressions 2016 art and writing contest.
A total of 36 winners were chosen from the 1,071 submitted entries.
Judging the contest was Travis Prothro, poetry; Kathry Galbraith, short story; Ken Murphy, drawing; and Dane Gregory Meyer, photography.
First-place winners were awarded $100, second place $75 and third place $50.
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The contest was started in 1997 in partnership with the Pierce County Library Foundation to foster literary expression and creativity in local youth. Our Own Expressions remains one of the few, free opportunities for young writers and artists to receive public recognition, publication and cash prizes. The News Tribune, Pacific Lutheran University and Print NW help fund the contest.
The winning work can be viewed at a free public event at 7 p.m. May 25 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall.
The Gig Harbor area teen winners of the 2016 Our Own Expressions are:
▪ Henry Stelle, Gig Harbor, seventh grade at Lighthouse Christian School: Second place for his photograph “On the Wild Side” in the 7th to 8th grade photography category
▪ Bobbi Worden, Gig Harbor, seventh grade at Key Peninsula Middle School: First place for her photograph “Me” in the 7th to 8th grade photography category
▪ Trevor Kvinsland, Gig Harbor, sophomore at Gig Harbor High School: Second place for his drawing “Union Pacific” in the 9th to 10th grade drawing category
▪ Mirym Roscoe, Gig Harbor, eighth grade homeschooler: First place for her drawing “Ray” in the 7th to 8th grade drawing category
▪ Rosalie Roscoe, Gig Harbor, sophomore homeschooler: Third place for her drawing “Daughter of Mirkwood” in the 9th to 10th grade drawing category
▪ Allyson Chiou, Gig Harbor, freshman at Covenant High School: First place for her poem “The Amaranth and the Rose” in the 9th to 10th grade poetry category
▪ Olivia Simmons, Gig Harbor, seventh grade: First place for her poem “A Day in the Park” in the 7th to 8th grade poetry category
▪ Sarah Shaffer, Fox Island, senior at Henderson Bay High School: Second place for her poem “Ode to the Beach” in the 11th to 12th grade
▪ Finlay Adamson, Gig Harbor, sophomore at Gig Harbor High School: Third place for his short story “A Job Well Done” in the 9th to 10th grade short story category
▪ Joey Boyle, Fox Island, eighth grade at Kopachuck Middle School: First place for his short story “Alone” in the 7th to 8th grade short story category