The Friends of the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library held its awards ceremony on December 6, 2016 for the annual 4th and 5th Grade Young Poets Contest. Students read their poems aloud and received special prizes, a certificate of recognition, and a booklet containing their poem. This contest was open to any 4th or 5th grade student in Lenoir County, and the Friends received nearly 300 entries. Friends Board member Linda Solomon was on hand to assist with the ceremony.
“We are very proud of the winners and pleased with the participation we received for this event,” said Agnes Ho, Director of Libraries, Neuse Regional Library. “I would like to congratulate all of our winners, their parents, and their families. I am always amazed at the poise of the students as they read the poems and the incredible creativity that they pour into their poems. It is encouraging to see so many young students who are so passionate about reading and writing. We have tremendously talented students who go to school across Lenoir County, and we are very excited to give them this opportunity to express themselves.”
The Fourth Grade category winners were: First Place, Brady Sexton of Pink Hill Elementary School; Second Place, Bianca Macias of Pink Hill Elementary School; Third Place, Carmelo Simien of Banks Elementary School; Fourth Place, Carson Potter of Banks Elementary School; Honorable Mentions, Madilyn Rouse of Banks Elementary, Layla Price of Banks Elementary, Jack Whitfield of Pink Hill Elementary, Braxton Rouse of Banks Elementary, Gracie Bradshaw of Pink Hill Elementary, and Lilli Daughety of Banks Elementary.
The Fifth Grade category winners were: First Place, Trinity Beverly of Moss Hill Elementary School; Second Place, Austin Williams of Banks Elementary School; Third Place, Athena Dean of Northwest Elementary School; Fourth Place, Alima Stocks of Pink Hill Elementary School; Honorable Mentions, Brendan Woolard of Banks Elementary School, Enman Ambriz of Moss Hill Elementary, Claire Olivia Lewis of Arendell Parrott Academy, Christian Walsh of Arendell Parrott Academy, Lily Tiller of Banks Elementary School, and Unique Canady of Banks Elementary.
For more information on Friends of the Library programming, please call 252-527-7066, Ext. 130.