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  • With his ocean-inspired entry “Meeting You,” Jack Davis of Chesapeake Bay Middle School secured the top spot for sixth-grade poetry in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.
    Photo by Zach Sparks
    With his ocean-inspired entry “Meeting You,” Jack Davis of Chesapeake Bay Middle School secured the top spot for sixth-grade poetry in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.
  • Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
    Photo by Zach Sparks
    Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
  • Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
    Photo by Zach Sparks
    Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
  • Pasadena Elementary student Aubree Jones wrote a poem about balloons and their unpredictable destinations.
    Photo by Zach Sparks
    Pasadena Elementary student Aubree Jones wrote a poem about balloons and their unpredictable destinations.

Young Authors Excel In Maryland Writing Contests

Zach Sparks
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March 20, 2018

From their classrooms and their homes, students are using the written word to transport readers across the world, and for that effort, several young scribes have been recognized.

Winners of the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest included students from Chesapeake Bay Middle School, Bodkin Elementary and Pasadena Elementary. Each grade level had a first- and second-place winner for short story and for poetry.

With “Meeting You,” Jack Davis of Chesapeake Bay Middle School secured the top spot for sixth-grade poetry.

“Maryland is next to the ocean, so I thought about traveling to the ocean,” said Jack, who frequently goes to Florida for family vacations near the beach. “So what’s in the ocean? And I thought of seagulls.”

Jack said it was a big surprise he won. Along with playing piano, writing is one of his favorite hobbies. “It’s another way to express yourself and make other people happy,” Jack said.

Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”

“It is about my dream of how the world should be and how I wish it was,” Natalie explained. “The idea of this poem came from a conversation that a few of the adults in my family were having. They were talking about how when they were kids, they were able to go outside whenever they wanted. This made me think about how the world is now and how most parents don't want their kids going outside without an adult. It made me wish that the world was much different.”

Natalie was surprised to win but even more excited that her poem could possibly change someone’s perspective. “It made me really happy to know that I had a positive impact on someone’s day,” Natalie said. “Without a doubt, I would definitely enter another writing contest. By entering this writing contest, I got feedback on my poem and got a boost of confidence. Also, I would love to make more people happy and even put a message in someone’s head.”

The runner-up for fifth-grade poetry was Aubree Jones of Pasadena Elementary. Her poem’s focus was an object that is common among birthday parties and other celebrations.

“I just thought about balloons and the way they fly,” Aubree said. “I was describing what the balloon was doing. Will it come back to the ground?”

Because she writes as a hobby, Aubree wasn’t shocked that she came in second place. When asked about her other stories, she said inspiration can come from anywhere, including the time “my finger got run over by a wagon wheel.”

“She will sit on the computer for hours writing very detailed sentences,” said Whitney Jones, Aubree’s mom.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!


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