Five LCPS elementary students won top honors in the annual Friends of the Library 4th and 5th Grade Young Poets Contest for 2018, including a sweep of the first four places in the fourth-grade division by students from Pink Hill and Banks elementary schools.
Winners in the fourth-grade division were: first, Wesley Kennedy of Pink Hill Elementary; second, Alyssandra Ruth of Banks Elementary; third, Eli Arnette of Pink Hill Elementary; and fourth, Riley Evans of Banks Elementary.
Lauryn Edwards of Banks Elementary won third place in the fifth-grade division.
Of the 20 young poets recognized for honors during the contest, 13 are Lenoir County Public Schools students. This contest was open to any fourth- or fifth-grade student in Lenoir County; Friends of the Library received more than 200 entries.
Winners were recognized by contest organizers Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Kinston-Lenoir County Library. A night earlier, the top five LCPS poets received certificates of achievement from the Lenoir County Board of Education.
At the library awards ceremony, students read their poems aloud and received special prizes, a certificate of recognition and a booklet containing their poem. Friends board member Linda Solomon was on hand to assist with the ceremony.
Honorable mentions in the fourth grade category went to: Allyson Perez of Pink Hill Elementary School, Reed Stocks of Arendell Parrott Academy, Anna George McLawhorn of Pink Hill Elementary School, Kara Brock of Banks Elementary School, Kamryn Harrison of Banks Elementary School and Cailia Edwards of Banks Elementary School.
Fifth-Grade category winners were: First, Benjamin Rackley of Arendell Parrott Academy; second, Wali Omer of Arendell Parrott Academy; third, Lauryn Edwards of Banks Elementary School; fourth, Connor McInnis of Arendell Parrott Academy; Honorable Mentions, Logan Sullivan of Banks Elementary School, Bert Crowe of Banks Elementary School, Jaelyn Burkett of Southwood Elementary School, Dilara Senturk of Arendell Parrott Academy, Wesley Blair of Arendell Parrott Academy and Nicklaus Blair of Arendell Parrott Academy.