Pierce County Library System Art Contest Spotlights Teen Talent – The Suburban Times

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Announcing the Pierce County Library System.

Pierce County teens shared powerful lived experiences through the Pierce County Library System’s Our Own Expressions teen writing and art contest. Nearly 900 teenage artists, photographers and writers from across the county showed their talent in the contest.

The competition’s winning entries feature themes such as immigration, culture, reconciliation and growth shared through photos, images and written words.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Caitlynn Wohlford of Bonney Lake, who placed third in the Drawing category. “The piece I created is representative of personal growth as one matures into adulthood. I have depicted myself in multiple forms to show this change that I have personally experienced. Thank you for this recognition of my work and what it represents!

Professional judges, author Kendare Blake, artist Nikki McClure, photographer Faith Matthews and Tacoma Poet Laureate Lydia K. Valentine selected the winners, who received cash prizes from the Pierce County Library Foundation. The Library System showcases the works of award-winning young authors and artists at expressions.pcls.us and in copies of the winners’ booklet available at Pierce County libraries and as an e-book through OverDrive.

“I honestly didn’t expect to be ranked with my poetry, but I’m so honored to have done so,” said Kathryn Harry of Gig Harbor, who placed second in the Poetry category. “Thank you so much to my English teacher who encouraged me to submit my work, to my friends and family who support me, and to the judges and everyone who runs the Our Own Expressions program for having me provided this opportunity, as well as others.”

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Drawing Winners

7th-8th grades: 1st—Leslie Wallace, Puyallup; 2n/a—Cadence Reed, Lakewood; 3rd—Billy Atkins, Buckley

Grades 9-10: 1st—Julia Clarke, Gig Harbor; 2n/a—Samantha Diaz, Lake Bonney; 3rd—Charlotte Southworth, Tacoma

Grades 11-12: 1st—Abi Losh, Gig Harbour; 2n/a—Evelyn Bang, Lake Bonney; 3rd—Caitlynn Wohlford, Lake Bonney

Photography Winners

7th-8th grades: 1st—Sophia Olsen, Fox Island; 2n/a—Ava Garcia, DuPont; 3rd—Ethan Barnes, Gig Harbor

Grades 9-10: 1st—Grace Harbottle, Lakewood; 2n/a—William Aldridge, Steilacoom; 3rd—William Abarr, Puyallup

Grades 11-12: 1st—Tyson Cornwell, Eatonville; 2n/a—Abigail Matelski, DuPont; 3rd—Rhemmy Chen, Lakewood

Poetry Winners

7th-8th grades: 1st—Emma Sevilla, Spanaway; 2n/a– Linen best, Steilacoom; 3rd—Willow Moon, University Square

Grades 9-10: 1st—Audrey Douglass, Puyallup; 2n/a— Kathryn Harry, Gig Harbor; 3rd—Joel McMillan, Tacoma

Grades 11-12: 1st—Tyson Cornwell, Eatonville; 2n/a—Rylie Wood, Lake Bonney; 3rd—Isaac Hacker, Tacoma

Short story winners

7th-8th grades: 1st—Mia Columbo, Gig Harbour; 2n/a—Willow Moon, University Square; 3rd—Greta Brown, Tacoma

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Grades 9-10: 1st—Grace Elliott, Graham; 2n/a—Lily Charpentier, Tacoma; 3rd—Denrie Gray, Puyallup

Grades 11-12: 1st—Savannah Mitchell, Tacoma; 2n/a—Skylar Viene, Tacoma; 3rd—Hannah Scott, Puyallup

Thank you to the Pierce County Library Foundation for sponsoring the Our Own Expressions teen writing and art contest. The Library System encourages teens to pursue their creative outlets with virtual and in-person library events and classes for teens.

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