Student Contests

6th Annual Student Poetry Contest Reading & CelebrationCentennial Logo

Where: Walnut Creek Library
When: Saturday, May 3
11:00 am
Oak View Room (on the 2nd Floor)

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Ygnacio Valley Library and Walnut Creek Library encourages young writers to stretch their imaginations and bring their creativity to light with our annual Student Poetry Contest. This year’s winners were selected from students in grades K -12 at Walnut Creek schools and will read their poems at our Poetry Celebration on Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m.  at the Walnut Creek Library. To commemorate Walnut Creek’s 100th anniversary, “100″ was the theme for this year’s contest.

2014 Student Poetry Contest Winners:

Grades K-3
1st place: The Moon by Drew Perry (Walnut Heights Elementary)
2nd place: Sadness by Nathan Balestrieri (Parkmead Elementary School)
3rd place:  100 Grains of Sand by Clara Jensen (Parkmead Elementary School)

Grades 4-5
1st place: The Clearing by Ethan Monk (Dorris-Eaton School)
2nd place:  My Life by Ben Wornow (Dorris-Eaton School)
3rd place: 100th Day of School by Stephanie Lau (Dorris-Eaton School)
Honorable Mention: 100 Ideas by Brandon Tran (Dorris-Eaton School)
Honorable Mention: 100 Miles Away by Olivia Schindewolf (Dorris-Eaton School)

Grades 6-8
1st place: One in Hundreds by Catherine Zadorozhna (Foothill Middle School)
2nd place: The Millennial Meaning of One Hundred by Aaron Ouyang (Dorris Eaton)
3rd place: A Reflection on Our Past by Ryan Grauman (Dorris Eaton School)

Grades 9-12
1st place: The Pursuit of Perfection by Ana Boeriu (Northgate High School)
2nd place: A Hundred Percent by Hsin-Yeh Tsai (Northgate High School)
3rd place: 100 is a lot of numbers by Mary Evans (Las Lomas High School)


Download the 2013 Student Poetry Contest winning Poems HERE.


“Banned Books” Teen Photography Contest

Haley Z final

1st Place Haley Zeiger from Las Lomas High School.
2nd Place Maddy Zeiger from Las Lomas High School.
3rd Place Kristin Goodell from Las Lomas High School.

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2012 Student Poetry Program

The poetry contest and celebration were sponsored by InVision Communications and Design. We appreciate their support.




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3 Responses to “Student Contests”

  1. Hi!

    The Poetry Club members here at Walnut Creek Intermediate would LOVE to have you come by and share information about this year’s Poetry Contest. Would you make me your contact for our school?…then I’ll pass on any information and help schedule the date of your visit.
    Thanks Sincerely,
    Lisa Muniz

  2. It was a pleasure watching this video. Thank you Walnut Creek Library Foundation for hosting such a wonderful opportunity for creativity and expression. I am the one at 37 minutes and the main picture when you click on the video. I just wanted to thank the creators of this idea to have a poetry contest. I think it opens up many doors for children my age. – Meher George (37 mins)

  3. Meher, thank you for your feedback and for being part of the program! We love the contest and having the students read their poems.