MEXICO – The Oswego County Reading Council recently held its 27th annual Writing Contest Awards at Mexico High School, recognizing students for their exceptional writing abilities.
The theme of this year’s contest was “What Freedom Means to Me” and students from throughout the county submitted entries.
The first, second and third place winners, as well as honorable mention winners, from each grade level were called to the stage at Mexico High School’s auditorium to receive a certificate and ribbon.
Each first place winner was also afforded the opportunity to read their winning entry before a packed crowd full of overjoyed family members and friends.
“As always, the auditorium was full of family and friends of the award winners,” said Altmar-Parish-Williamstown teacher Cheryl Potts, who helped coordinate the event. “This year’s writing entries were among the best written that we’ve seen in a long time. Perhaps the relevant topic was the motivation for students to speak out honestly about America’s freedoms.”
The top three winners at the pre-kindergarten level were Estelle Dalin (APW), Lilee Solinsky (APW) and Norah Bettinger (APW).
Students Giuliana Losito, Daphne Fanning and Gabrielle Francisco, all from the APWCSD, were given honorable mention awards.
Kindergarten students Lillian Knapp (APW), Ariana Marie Poel (APW) and Ruth Hull (APW) rounded out the top three of their grade level. Students August Christensen, Emma Millerschin, Brady Robinson and Parker Bigelow, all from APW, received honor mention.
The top three winners from the first grade level were Madison Mayers, Jacelyn Trumble and Haylee Mayers, all from APW.
Students Austin Robinson (APW), Gabriella Ross (APW) and Campbell Bagley (Central Square) finished in the top three at the second grade level.
Students Grace Myers (Central Square), Owen Delahunt (Central Square), Cyprus Liszewski (Sandy Creek), Hunter Fuller (Central Square) and Alexis Allen (APW) received honor mention.
Third grade students Sophia Luce (Sandy Creek), Jasmine Carter (APW) and Dylan Brown (Central Square) rounded out the top three of their grade level.
Students Benjamin VanVranken (APW) and Jacob Pierson (Central Square) received honorable mention.
The top three winners at the fourth grade level were Peyton Gabriel (APW), Maggie Eisel (Pulaski) and Lilliana Lawton (Pulaski).
Students Caleigh Menendez (APW), Aurora Baker (Oswego), Timothy Muckey (APW) and Jennifer Kazmirski (APW) received honorable mention.
The top three winners at the fifth grade level were students Jasmine Muir (APW), Jesse Kinney (APW) and Lexie Peiropan (APW). Students Kendra Poyneer (Sandy Creek), Morgane Mace (Mexico) and Scotty Kessler (Mexico) received honor mention.
Sixth grade students Brianna Harrinton, Mitchell Bruce and Kayla Beall (all from Oswego), rounded out the top three of their grade level.
Students Adam Michalski, Hayley Bandla, Dylan Stacy and Chevy Chafee (all from Oswego), received honorable mention.
The top three winners at the seventh grade level were students Hailey Sawyer, Khia Jock and Emma Kozel (all from Oswego).
Students Hannah Johnson (Oswego) and Daniel Tomescu (Oswego) received honorable mention.
Senior Jesdith Perez (Oswego) took home first place for her grade level.
In the adult division, Amy Quonce, Mark McLaughlin and Mary Slimmer, all from Oswego, rounded out the top three.