2017-12-07 / Local News

Winners announced for Gazette contest


Shown are the winners of the Mariposa Gazette writing competition. Front, from left, are JoAnna Tilton, Uzumati Thatcher, Kaylee McAndrews, Neilya Stewart and Sara Blalock; back, Nicole W. Little, office manager of the newspaper, Acelia Tilton, Emily Tilton, Lilly Scott and Lauren Elmore. 
Photo by Greg Little Shown are the winners of the Mariposa Gazette writing competition. Front, from left, are JoAnna Tilton, Uzumati Thatcher, Kaylee McAndrews, Neilya Stewart and Sara Blalock; back, Nicole W. Little, office manager of the newspaper, Acelia Tilton, Emily Tilton, Lilly Scott and Lauren Elmore. Photo by Greg Little The second annual “Home for the Holidays” writing contest was held this year, sponsored by the Mariposa Gazette.

The winners were featured in the newspaper’s recent “Home for the Holidays” edition. They were all honored this past Saturday with a short ceremony at the newspaper where the winners were given their prizes.

Students in Mariposa County submitted Christmas-related stories and those were judged by the newspaper. Categories were kindergarten to second grade, grades 3-5 and grades 5-8.

The first place winners received $100, second place winners received $50 and third place winners received $25.

First place winners were Sara Blalock (first grade), Acelia Tilton (fourth grade) and Lauren Elmore (eight grade).

Second place winners were Uzumati Thatcher (first grade), Kaylee McAndrews (third grade) and Lilly Scott (eighth grade).

Third place winners were JoAnna Tilton (second grade), Emily Tilton (seventh grade) and Neilya Stewart (third grade).

“We had a lot of entries this year and the judging was difficult,” said Nicole W. Little, office manager at the newspaper who handed out the prizes last weekend. “We are so happy there is such a high interest in this competition and we are pleased it has become an annual tradition in Mariposa County.”

The students submitted a wide variety of stories with wide-ranging themes.

“It’s great to see these young people writing stories,” said Little. “That’s what our business is about and we are encouraged so many took the time to enter this contest.”

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