Young Authors Recognized In County And State Contests


At a young age, students around Anne Arundel County are realizing the power of the written word.

The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) sponsors an annual writing contest, featuring poetry and short stories, for students in grades one through 12. Several Severna Park and Arnold kids participated in the Anne Arundel Young Authors’ Contest, with one writer earning first place in the state competition.

Jones Elementary student Lily Price was honored in early April as the statewide winner for fifth-grade poetry. Her poem was titled “Watercolor Sunrise.”

The avid reader was inspired by nature.

“I think all the books I have read have helped me become a better writer,” Lily said. “I like reading books by Erin Hunter because of the way she talks about nature in such a descriptive way.”

Congratulations to all of the 2024 winners.


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