And The Winner Is…….!

By Hazel Buys

On March 5th, a year of planning, promoting, writing and reading came to a celebrated conclusion. Richmond Children’s Writers wrapped up their first-ever writing competition for 3rd through 8thgraders in Chesterfield County with an awards ceremony.

 Brian Rock emceed the event with wit and enthusiasm. He introduced the finalists for each grade level and also introduced our fearless leader, Lana Krumwiede, who gave opening remarks.

 After finalists for each grade level were recognized, Brian announced the winner for each grade.  The following students received awards for Best Entry for their grade levels:


      3rd – Bruce Yanovitch – Winterpock Elementary

      4th – Matthew Klausner – Greenfield Elementary
      5th – Katelyn Domke – Greenfield Elementary
      6th – Talyah Rawls – Midlothian Middle School
      7th – Rachel Bybee – Robious Middle School
      8th – Megan Lee – Mantoaca Middle School

 Bird Cox, Co-Director of Richmond Young Writers, presented RYW’s generous donation, a grand prize scholarship to one of the Richmond Young Writers week-long summer camps.

An imaginary drum roll announced the grand prize winner, Rachel Bybee, for her story, JUST OVER THE MOUNTAIN.

 After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed cupcakes and punch and talked about the incredible level of talent and creativity in the submissions.

Well done, everyone!!!


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