Wakefield students excel in writing contest

Wakefield's library writing contest winners with Kathleen Grove

Sixteen Wakefield Country Day School students took prizes in the annual holiday writing contest at Samuels Public Library. In this 32nd year for the contest, Wakefield students received almost half of the 33 prizes that were awarded.

All of the student winners received their prizes and were able to read their winning entries aloud at a reception at Samuels Library Dec. 22.

Front Royal’s Royal Oak Book Shop cosponsors the contest with the library and awards gift certificates to the first-place winners. National Media Services assists with the publication of a booklet with all the winning entries and some submitted artwork. The booklets are for sale at the library for $3 each.

Wakefield’s award-winning students were as follows: first grade: Farah Shahida, first place; second grade: Austin Farley, second place, Jazmyn Nikole Kenney, third place; third grade: Brighton Craig, first place, Molly Packwood, second place, Shannon Vernick, third place; fourth grade: Brooke Miller, second place; fifth grade: Andrew Kivolek, second place; sixth grade: Alyssa Hamilton, first place; seventh grade: Rebecca Paulisch, first place, Abe Nolan, second place, Megan Kelley, third place; eighth grade: Lily Lauben, first place, Karis Tschopp, second place, Sam Mullany, third place; and 11th grade: Marina Ishizuka, first place.