Announcing the 2021 KET Young Writers Contest winners

KET is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Young Writers Contest. The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry.

Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to our winners! You can read the first, second and third places pieces in each category below.

Illustrated Story – Kindergarten

First Place: Caroline Reynolds, Lexington, KY for “The Sneaky Twins Learn a Lesson
Second Place: Wriston Iocco, Walton, KY for “Eric the Apple
Third Place: Greta Walther, Lexington, KY for “The Little Chick and Its Mom

Finalists:
Oath Smith, Owensboro, KY for “How to make a Smowman”
Rainie Lin, Lexington, KY  ty  you “Pinkie and Rainie’s Big Adventure”
Johnbo Morrison-Taylor, Louisville, KY for “The Jaguar and the Fish”

Illustrated Story – First Grade

First Place: Nathan Hardin, Louisville, KY for “b Yourself
Second Place: Dawson Abney, Richmond, KY for “My Journey to Mars
Third Place: Maryam Gauhar, Louisville, KY for “How to Wash Your Hands: COVID EDITION

Finalists: 
Adalynn Kennedy, Hardinsburg, KY for “A Pet Show”
David Sun, Lexington, KY for “David’s Fable: the snail and the inchworm”
Mary Alice Sienkiewicz, Lexington, KY for “Ruby Bridges”
Carson Miller, Richmond, KY for “Billy and Willy are Silly”
Noah Poly, Lexington, KY for “Shark Kid and the Clam”

Honorable Mention: 
Mora Schissler, Louisville, KY for “The Horses New Home”

Illustrated Story – Second Grade

First Place: Grace Hardin, Louisville, KY for “The Pig Adventure
Second Place: Madison Iocco, Walton, KY for “Clara’s Problem
Third Place: Raiyan Elmerse, Louisville, KY for “A Fishy Situation

Finalists:
Eden Stanley, Richmond, KY for “Verleen the Visionary”
Nova Sutton, Richmond, KY for “Rosie and the Papayas”
Jesse Simpson, Richmond, KY for “The Big Storm”
Shelton Stepp, Richmond, KY for “A Cure for Captain Cosmos”
Alice Kim, Louisville, KY for “The legend of the circle”
Ali Jaber, Louisville, KY for “Karayel the Panda”

Honorable Mention:
Avery Osborne, Richmond, KY for “Max’s Story”
Riley Lynch, Richmond, KY for “The Next Tree”
Raelyn Pace, Lexington, KY for “Seasons”

Illustrated Story – Third Grade

First Place: Ellie Groene, Ft. Mitchell, KY for “The Wish
Second Place: Elliot Murry, Lexington, KY for “This is Me
Third Place: Melody Yates, Winchester, KY for “The Wishing Well

Finalists:
Pinkie Lin, Lexington, KY for “Will’s Forest Adventure”
Faith Lee, Wilmore, KY for “Green and Pretty, Earth Day Challenge”
Joseph Fox, Williamstown, KY for “Fun in the Sun”
Payton Pelfrey, Williamstown, KY for “Silly duck Bob and Martine the Bee”
Stella Heathcoat, Lexington, KY for “Brenda and Captain’s Ghostly Adventures”
Ben Schissler, Louisville, KY for “The Lonely Only Megalodon”
Porter Dodson, Owensboro, KY for “The Bad Horse”

Honorable Mention:
Abbey Piatt, Lexington, KY for “The Crazy Story of the Lost Kitten”
Cj Beckman, Williamstown, KY for “Rexy’s Little Adventure”
Mila Lequire, Banner, KY for “Grace the Horse”
Nolan Jones, Georgetown, KY for “Mr. Dog”
Sophie Ross, Louisville, KY for “The Stray on the Last Day”

Illustrated Story – Intermediate

First Place: Adah Hardin, Louisville, KY for “Can I Tell You a Secret?
Second Place: Ibraheem Gauhar, Louisville, KY for “Dogzilla: King of the Day
Third Place: Charlotte Pohn, Louisville, KY for “How Yarn Breathes and the Story of a Ball of Yarn

Finalists:
Anika Fauver, Louisville, KY for “The Unexpected Guest”
Lucas Glasnovic, Louisville, KY for “Sneaky’s Adventure: Sneaky to the Rescue”
Davis Borders, Lexington, KY for “Mike the Chair”
Sylvia Mason, Louisville, KY for “Bliss, the Rebel Princess”
Ella Hanson, Owenton, KY for “The Small Life of Holly Underwood”
Huda Hasnain, Goshen, KY for “A Ramadan Story of Laila the Cat”

Honorable Mention:
Alice Dobson, Louisville, KY for “The Talking Dog”
Abigail Haxby, Mt. Washington, KY for “A Tale of Two Friends”
Cassielle Wafford, Louisville, KY for “How the Rabbit Got Its Ears”
Addi Schorck, Lexington, KY for “The Great Surprise”

Short Story – Intermediate

First Place: Nika Heidinger, Louisville, KY for “A Light in the Dark
Second Place: Asher Cohen, Louisville, KY for “A Magical Forest
Third Place: Peyton Kennedy, Hardinsburg, KY for “The Wizardly Redemption

Finalists:
Megan Simon, Calhoun, KY for “A Day in Space”
Zoe Kasacavage, Lexington, KY for “Mr. Chipmunk”
Lydia Wiseman, Lexington, KY for “The Hurt Turtle”
Bella O’Connor, Louisville, KY for “War with Julia”
Piper Carlisle, Morehead, KY for “The Mystery”
Emma Brown, Louisville, KY for “The Dog Dynasties”
Nicol Cohen, Louisville, KY for “A Dream Come True”
Avery O’Brien, Madisonville, KY for “Taco Tuesday”
Gabriella Maldonado, Winchester, KY for “Small Tail, Big Tale”
Abigail Mitchell, Villa Hills, KY for “Marjorie and JoJo’s Adventure in the Land of the Deep and Dense”

Short Story – Middle Grades

First Place: Alyssa Pollard, Louisville, KY for “The Scar
Second Place: Emma Garner, Simpsonville, KY for “Arabian Nights
Third Place: Sophia Taylor, Fort Thomas, KY for “An Elf’s Quest

Finalists:
Zaineb Elmerse, Louisville, KY for “Tom’s Oak”
Jaycie Wilcox, Lawrenceburg, KY for “Ghostess to the Mostess”
Albany Vincent, Louisville, KY for “Detective Triple-A and the mystery of the Missing Ring”
Mia Lequire, Banner, KY for “The Dance Club”
Carriann Campbell, Utica, KY for “Doesn’t She Know Her Worth”
Ansley Cecil, Calhoun, KY for “Differences”

Short Story – High School

First Place: Zach Herp, Louisville, KY for “Cave Fish
Second Place: Abby Kane, Crestview Hills, KY for “It’s a Colorful World
Third Place: Olivia Lewis, Frankfort, KY for “Fettered to the Picket Fence

Finalists:
Jon Mills, Bimble, KY for “11 to 1809”
Christine Lee, Louisville, KY for “Troubled Memories”
Ella Fogle, Utica, KY for “The Druid Sun”
Zoe Schaeffer, Lexington, KY for “Remarkably Unremarkable”
Lucy Cunningham, Frankfort, KY for “Trepidation”
Victoria Korchuk, Versailles, KY for “30 Minutes in Memory Lane”
Hailey Lin, Louisville, KY for “52nd Hour”
Emma Henderson, Louisville, KY for “A Window to Another World”
Lauren Wood, Louisville, KY for “As Luck Would Have it”
Nikki Shouse, Frankfort, KY for “INESCAPABLE”

Poetry – Intermediate

First Place: Sylvia Mason, Louisville, KY for “The Nature Debate: A Debate About Nature
Second Place: Charlotte Garman, Louisville, KY for “Forest of Hope
Third Place: Michael Reljac, Richmond, KY for “Where I’m From

Finalists:
Caitlyn Douglas, Lexington, KY for “A New Time”
Jack Reinecke, Cold Spring, KY for “Summer Nights”
Sawyer Thronton, Louisville, KY for “THE TREE”
Robert Swansburg, Louisville, KY for “Happiness”
Colt Cook, Lancaster, KY for “PANDEMIC”
Liam Moffett, Harrodsburg, KY for “Growing Old”
Presley Norton Mcclure, Harrodsburg KY for “Ruby Red Slippers”

Poetry – Middle Grades

First Place: Nashell Broughton Robinson, Louisville, KY for “The Queen
Second Place: Jacoby Smith, Louisville, KY for “Oh Grandma
Third Place: Nina Tay, Lexington, KY for “daisies (pure souls found each other)

Finalists:
Dwight Thompson, Louisville, KY for “I am Brown”
Lily Berfield, Louisville, KY for “Buttons”
Ethan Holtsclaw, Louisville, KY for “Alone”
Della Peron, Louisville, KY for “Mrs. Wonky and Mr. Grave”
Cadence Perman, Berea, KY for “Afraid of the Dark”
Ethne Fleming, Frankfort, KY for “no one knows”
Nancy Kirk, Union, KY for “under my skin and up my throat”
Hajar Elayyadi, Hebron, KY for “Pretend”

Poetry – High School

First Place: Kiran Koul, Lexington, KY for “Green
Second Place: Macie Hill, Berea, KY for “Down Here in the South
Third Place: Maira Faisal, Florence, KY for “Halcyon

Finalists:
Katie Norman, Frankfort, KY for “Fun and Forgiveness”
Kathleen Bauer, Lexington, KY for “Caring, or, Why I Wear a Mask”
Caylin Kohlstruk, Louisville, KY for “Pink Gorilla”
Emma Henderson, Louisville, KY for “Inside my Mind”
Evelyn Parsons, Berea, KY for “The shadows in the mirrors”
Madison Sharon, Richmond, KY for “Crystal Clear”
Abby Kane, Crestview Hills, KY for “Read My Mind”
Mayukha Bhamidipati, Louisville, KY for “Underwater”

Questions or comments? Email writerscontest@ket.org.