A total of 13 students from various grade levels were honored for their creative writing in the annual Neenah Public Library Proces Poetry Prize Contest.
The Proces Poetry Prize is named in honor of now-retired Library Director Stephen Proces, who strongly supported children's services, programming and early literacy. The contest is held every April and is promoted through Neenah Joint School District and surrounding communities for children through 12th grade. Entrants come from students in the District as well as students in surrounding communities’ schools, and home schoolers.
Poems can be written at any time during the school year with the deadline for submissions being April 30 of each year. The winning poems are chosen because of their unique ability to express or evoke an emotional response in the reader. Winning students receive a certificate and a book of their choosing. The contest is conducted and supported by the Neenah Public Library Board of Trustees.
The awards ceremony will be held on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Library's Shattuck Community Room. Books will be distributed to the winners at that time. All entries will be on display in the Library.
Below are the winners of this year’s contest:
Kindergarten: Frances Kosmicki – “Poem Garden”
Grade 1: Mae Lauer (Roosevelt) – “It’s February”
Grade 2: Lucy Fiedler – “A Funny Thought”
Grade 3: Fiona Hendrickson (Clayton) – “Wolf”
Grade 3: Shaylee Harttert (Clayton) – “Book”
Grade 4: Talia Austin (Lakeview) – “Inside Outside”
Grade 5: Jasilyn Griesbach (Lakeview) – “Poetry”
Grade 7: Millie Rayford – “Autumn Days”
Grade 8: Mary Kosmicki – “Snowflake Sister”
Grade 9: Sierra St. John – “The Paper’s Edge”
Grade 10: Erin Schubin (NHS) – “The Flight of a Bird”
Grade 10: Nina Duffeck (NHS) – “Years of Me”
Grade 11: Giselle Gaytan (NHS) – “Of the Constellations”